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Reviewed: Kahn Defender 2.2 TDCI 90 HARD TOP - Chelsea Wide Track

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published on 9th October 2013 by Mo Bhana

Paying homage to the Kahn Defender - out in the wilderness, or in the City, the Kahn Chelsea Wide-Track Defender boasts an honest, minimalist approach augmented by the means of responsible design coupled with exceptional strength.


However, there is only one way to find out if the modus operandi of club-class quality and high tech engineering will take centre stage: Kahn News takes this welcome opportunity to review the Kahn Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI 90 Hard Top Chelsea Wide Track.


Granted, it’s a rare vehicle, what makes it even more appealing is the tension that is in the air. Behind the friendly smiles before the keys are handed over, the apprehension manifests itself because this is a vehicle you can see yourself driving, in the virtual sense just by looking at it, such is the resplendent styling.


Drive


One should never under-estimate an icon!


An immense vehicle, the Kahn Defender brings out the steel-edged, fearless drive-anywhere person in you.


You cannot simply drive this Defender because that would be disrespectful. We are talking about an Interior with Harris Tweed fabric throughout. A state of the art steering wheel complete with an automatic gearbox (yes, you read that right), so even in the most treacherous of conditions, you’ll be looking good.


One word of advice though - don’t be deceived by the well-groomed silhouette either – this exemplary off-roader is the definitive style icon.


Bearing DNA so typical of a thoroughbred Defender, front and rear wide wings with integrated vents & bolt apertures, bonnet vents with mesh stainless steel, crosshair military headlights the customary Chelsea Truck Company spare wheel cover, exhaust shields and mud flaps to name but a few enhancements leave a distinctive impression.


The vehicle feels almost unstoppable cruising on some cool 8x16 1948 Defend wheels in satin black (fitted with 235x85x16” tyres).


Superb positional clearance, grip levels and excellent axle circulation ensures these wheels will thrill you both on and off the road.


Bespoke


A plethora of improvements to the interior allow the driver to bask in the sheer opulence on offer: The generous interior, simply begs the beholder to take a step inside. Like all A. Kahn Design models, the Wide Track Defender is oriented in every respect to the needs and wishes of the driver. But now, the car’s occupants will have the benefit of supreme ergonomic comfort by the means of front sports GTB seats in quilted & perforated leather, single spoke steering wheel, Churchill time clock facia insert in red, dashboard, instrument binnacle, rear door panel and handle in Harris Tweed, and vented foot pedals in machined aluminium.


One of the things that set A.Kahn Design apart from all the others is the ability to work with the customer to design and create a truly unique interior. The ability to put together a limitless palette of colours into the fabric, leather, trim pieces, and more, is something that makes your automobile special and uniquely yours.


The company philosophy is to always give the customer what they want, so Afzal Kahn could for example, design you a vehicle with a full colour change (to a colour of your choice) and an interior akin to, let’s say your favourite leather reclining chair in your living room. Customers could also change the colour of the clock, or indeed, ask for anything else.


Verdict


Raising the bar, yet staying true to A. Kahn Design’s celebrated philosophy of combining mechanical perfection and exterior beauty, the fundamental essence of the Defender bearing diametrically opposing functions will appeal to customers far and wide.


A modus operandi of club-class quality and high-tech engineering ensures every external modification of this vehicle serves to make the vehicle look and feel absolutely sensational. This is what DÉJÀ VU feels like: the volcanic satin livery and 1948 Defend wheels emit a rather pugnacious standpoint.

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