German tuner Brabus has made a name for itself improving various Mercedes-Benz models, but for everything else its subsidiary Startech will be happy to modify your high-end automobile. Their latest project is based on the new Land Rover Defender in the cute ’90’ short wheelbase flavor, shown here in a two-tone finish with a white lower body and contrasting black pillars and roof.
The most obvious change from the standard Defender is noticeable at the rear as Startech has done away with the spare tire for a cleaner look from the rear. The fully exposed tailgate is adorned with a massive Union Jack with a monochrome finish, which can optionally be painted in the colors of the UK flag to drive the point home further.
The smaller new-era Defender rides on large 23-inch wheels with a hubcap to mimic the appearance of a center-locking wheel. The black alloys dubbed “Monostar E” have a 10 double spoke design and are wrapped in Yokohama 305/35 R23 road tires on the front and rear axles. Some would argue that these massive rims are overkill for the small off-roader as they would work better for the long-wheelbase 110 or the future larger three-row 130.
Startech also played around with the air suspension to play well with the big wheels, and when on-road mode is engaged, the Defender sits about 35 millimeters (almost 1.4 inches) closer to the road than the Model D. ‘origin. The ground clearance in off-road mode has not changed to avoid reducing the capabilities of the SUV off the beaten track.
The aftermarket specialist has also spent time developing a subtle body kit for the Defender 90 and says the interior can be customized with aluminum pedals and footrests as well as custom floor mats. At an additional cost, homeowners can opt for blue, black, or red anodized bolt sets on the interior, while the silver aluminum panels on the door cards can be painted. “A virtually unlimited variety of colors, quilting patterns and upholstery patterns” is available in leather and Alcantara.