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Since the early 1900s, automotive coachbuilders have created custom vehicles using pre existing chassis. Whilst names such as Pininfarina, Zagato and Bertone have risen to be globally recognised, in recent years there has been no equivalent in Britain.
Now, Kahn Design is bringing together their design ethos with traditional techniques and expert craftsmanship to create a modern icon, and leading a resurgence in British automotive design and coachbuilding which is set to challenge the rest of the world.
The Flying Huntsman 110 WB 6x6 Concept is equipped with a 6.2-litre GM LS3 V8 engine, driving a six-speed automatic gearbox with tap shift control. With an estimated 430 bhp its explosive performance is a far cry from the stolid pulling power of the original.
Built to tame even the hardiest terrain, with a hi-lo ratio drive system and locking differentials, a rugged heavy duty chassis as well as upgraded braking and suspension systems, this modern British icon would be equally comfortable outrunning any roadgoing SUV.
The vehicle has been lengthened with a 400mm extension to the bonnet, and 800mm extension to the rear cabin, as well as being widened by 150mm. The windscreen rake has been increased, and the rear door widened along with the front doors increased length to allow improved entry and egress. A full panoramic roof extends from the B pillars to the rear of the vehicle. The exterior styling is striking and aggressive, inspired by Kahn’s popular Chelsea Truck Company Defenders.
Extreme conversions have been proposed, including both B4, B6, B6+ and B7 armoured variants, to provide maximum security for the driver and passengers.
Talks are in currently in progress to map out a production schedule for the Huntsman, with up to five potential variants including 4 and 6 wheel versions, as well as a range of hard top and pickup options. Full details of the concept vehicle will be made available at the press conference in Geneva on the 3rd of March.