In the world of high-end tuner cars, the Germans have traditionally made the most bonkers, the most excessive. But Leeds-based Kahn Design is doing a fine job of holding the British end up.
Witness its latest creation, the Land Rover Defender-based Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 double-cab pick-up.
It’s only a prototype for the time being, but you’ll soon be able to buy one. For not that much money, relatively speaking. You’ll remember the Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6, which Kahn has clearly taken inspiration from. If you can find one for less than half a million quid, these days, you’re doing well. Prices for the Flying Huntsman will start at a whisker under £100,000.
That’s also considerably less than the unhinged, Chevrolet V8-powered, long-nose Flying Huntsman station wagon that was launched earlier this year. But by comparison this is a much simpler conversion, at least with the standard 2.2 TDCi engine as seen here. It’s essentially a standard Defender 110 pick-up with the twin-axle rear end and stretched bed grafted on.
The mods don’t stop there, with Kahn’s ‘Chelsea’ wide-track bodykit, massive wheels and tyres and the interior kitted out to whatever spec you want.
Kahn hasn’t said if there will be a long-nose V8 version; we hope there is. After all, there’s no point in making something that’s only slightly bonkers. You’ve got to go the whole hog. That Merc wouldn’t have made anything like as big an impact if it only had a diesel engine.
Only 20 or so Flying Huntsman trucks will reportedly be built every year alongside all the other mental stuff Kahn’s band of craftsmen build.
Kahn might not do unfettered excess in the way that, say, Mansory does, but its more restrained, more British brand of nuttiness is much cooler.
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By Only Motors