8th Apr 2013
Thanks to the Afzal Kahn touch, a resurgence in all things ‘Defender’ has ensured it is suddenly very fashionable to turn this mudslinging British vehicle into a fashion icon.
This fondness for ‘designer’ Defenders has stemmed from the principal British designer turning his hand to the vehicle, and his need to be different philosophy is overwhelming.
Bearing this in mind – the concept Defender takes centre stage as Kahn News takes this very welcome opportunity to review the vehicle everyone wants to drive.
Afzal Kahn insists the road is his catwalk and true to his mantra, he has created a fashion statement in every single sense of the word. Under the guise of the Kahn expedition Vehicles Umbrella – the Kahn Defender has been adorned with a brand new utilitarian and aggressive looking wide track arch kit which consists of lightweight extended wide wheel wings with integrated vents, stainless steel front grille with embossed Kahn feature, vented headlight surrounds, side vents with mesh, bonnet vents with mesh, clear rear light lenses, clear side repeaters, clear front light lenses, cross hair headlights, Kahn prototype wing blades, Kahn prototype tailgate badge and Kahn oval tailgate badge.
Out on the road, driving this masterpiece is rather sublime, thanks to a very clever automatic gear box. From the driver’s seat you can’t help but love the gearbox. There’s no hunting by the engine, no needless gear changes and the whole package has a real OEM feel to it.
The bespoke single spoke steering wheel is yet another special trinket. Your conventional wheels act as a barrier across most cockpits, effectively reducing space and movement. This single spoke steering wheel has resolved this dilemma thanks to a unique arrangement system, which allows fast action handgrip release.
The intensity of the vehicle is magnified through the use of Harris Tweed and accent stitching adds to the sporty trim.
Truth be told - Afzal Kahn has ensured the Kahn Defender concept 17 wide body exudes a certain charm which goes hand in hand with both fashion and all things automotive.
When most people are given the keys to such an exclusive vehicle, they reminisce about how much they were looking forward to seeing the looks on virtually everyone’s face when they got to see him or her behind the wheel. This, you can attribute to the fact that owning a Kahn vehicle is enough, it is a status symbol ensuring everyone around you knows ‘you have made it to the very top’.
Those who claim the vehicle is loud: loud it is. Loud enough to obviate passenger chat, which is a good thing if you are sick to the back teeth of nonsensical spouse verbosity. However, the leather interior is so comfortable; no doubt the passenger should doze off or relax completely. It is worth noting that customers can have whatever they want in terms of the interior, the colour of your shirt or shoes, the choice is yours.
Your confidence (and ego) seemingly grows when you have to slow down for minor irritations such as other traffic and… well, those drivers who eye up the 18” 1983 Defender which are finished in the colour of your choice and fit all original centre caps.
With simple clean lines, soft organic surfaces on the edge of the spoke and a purposeful mechanical centre, the 1983 Defender wheels are synonymous with elegance and innovation.
Is there a better Defender out there? This is the ultimate Defender in every sense of the word – from the Harris Tweed interior all the way to the exterior and sublime wheels. The question is how much would you pay for one?
The Kahn Defender is available for £32,875.00 – now that is rather competitive!
A. Kahn Design is for the individual who will not submit to a life of uniformity and who will only accept perfection. Dedicated to the creation of luxury bespoke vehicles, we redesign the ordered monotony of mass produced vehicles and rebuild them into individually tailored creations.