December 1, 2021

Arkonik Land Rover Defender by ex-Bugatti design chief Etienne Salomé is open-top perfection


You don’t want the educated eyes of an automotive designer to relish the magnificence of Arkonik’s newest creation. Beginning with a 1989 Land Rover Defender, famed Land Rover restomod specialist Arkonik sought the genius thoughts of former Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé in creating the Land Rover Seashore Cruiser. It’s an open-top off-roading machine with classic styling and a burbly V8 below the hood.

And in contrast to open-top variations of the outdated Defender, the Seashore Cruiser is a real convertible, with solely the windscreen and nothing else impeding the view. It additionally will get a major redesign from Salomé, the person accountable for penning the one-off, $19M Bugatti La Voiture Noire, the world’s costliest manufacturing automobile. However as a substitute of taking it to the intense, Salomé targeted on the naked necessities. The end result, as anticipated, is open-top motoring perfection.

For lack of higher phrases, the Land Rover Seashore Cruiser is a breath of contemporary air. Virtually each exterior panel is new, and every is clear as a whistle, devoid of any pointless traces to break its ultra-clean, minimalist vibe. The long-lasting spherical headlights are actually within the entrance grille to fortify its vintage-inspired styling. Elsewhere, it has two doorways with hidden door handles, 16-inch metal wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, and nothing else.

In the meantime, the inside is as clear as the surface with not one of the trendy options you’ll sometimes discover in a restomod. The straightforward dashboard stays devoted to the unique with no touchscreens and fancy digital shows. The cabin gives room for as much as three within the entrance with extra cupboard space within the again. Fortunately, it has a steering wheel, a five-speed handbook sick, and denim-covered seats. Oh, and it additionally comes with normal air con in case the climate will get too scorching.

Underneath the hood is a 3.9-liter V8 engine, though Arkonik has but to unveil the efficiency specs. At this level, who cares about horsepower and torque figures? What you wish to know is the value, so that you higher maintain on to one thing. The Arkonik Land Rover Seashore Cruiser has base costs at $240,000.

Contemplating winter is slowly creeping all through the US, you continue to have time to ponder whether or not the Arkonik Seashore Cruiser is your subsequent summer season getaway automobile, however don’t take too lengthy to consider it. Solely 5 items will make it to manufacturing, and we assume one or two construct slots are most likely accounted for as we communicate.

Arkonik Land Rover Seashore Cruiser by Etienne Salomé Gallery

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