The range of recent Land Rover models grows every year. From the heavy all-terrain department, the British automaker has the Defender in its various forms, with a three-row version set to join the lineup soon. On the flip side, a recent report indicated that there might be a new Range Rover-based off-roader, and things are really starting to get a little confusing. If simpler times are missing, we have a great new option for you.
Discover the Function SUV, designed and produced by Black Bridge Motors, “an automobile manufacturer steeped in the past but designed for the present”. In fact, Function is more of a brand than a single model, under which the maker of Norwalk, Connecticut is releasing a heavily modernized version of the classic Defender that actually hides Jeep Wrangler bones under the skin. We’ll get to the technical specifications in a moment, but let’s take a look at the overall idea of the project first.
The company explains that its mission is to create vehicles that have a timeless design and honor timeless classics, but combine the vintage look with modern technologies for “best-in-class handling.” The function will focus on the most important thing in a vehicle – the driver, creating “machines that no one has ever made so you can drive like no one has ever done.”
The Defender you see in the attached gallery sits on a Jeep Wrangler JK frame, which is six inches longer and offers more room for second-row passengers compared to an original Defender. There is a long list of exterior and interior customization options available, and Function builds its vehicles entirely by hand. The body of the SUV is made of aluminum.
As standard, power comes from a GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS3 engine generating 430 horsepower (316 kilowatts) mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. If you want more horsepower, there’s a 650 hp (478 kW) supercharged LT4 option paired with an eight-speed automatic. Both powertrain variants come with a 24 month / 50,000 mile warranty.
Function says the fully modernized Defender it sells has a starting price of $ 145.00.