There’s nothing unusual about a lavishly modified Land Rover Defender, these days. This one is a bit different, though, because it has no less than 565hp crammed under the bonnet.

Ever since it became a fashion icon beloved of the fabulously wealthy, dozens of companies have sprung up that can turn a Defender into anything from an ultra-luxe limo to a road-going racer.

US-based East Coast Defender is one such company. The car pictured here is its latest project – Project Soho – which splits the difference between ultra-luxe and racer.

The heart of the beast is a 6.2-litre Chevrolet LS3 V8 motor, tuned not-that-heavily up to 565hp, a frankly ridiculous amount of grunt in a car that will have had no more than a quarter as much power when it left the factory.

A Borla exhaust releases the thunder, while a 6-speed automatic gearbox marshals the power to all four wheels.

The catalogue of British Defender tuner Kahn Design was raided for the body and interior mods. Among them are a wide-arch bodykit, 20in Mondial wheels, grille, bumper, bucket seats and myriad other detail touches.

There’s room for six inside. Passengers in the four heated buckets seats each get their own electric window, aircon controls and cupholder – something those in a standard Defender have to do without. There are wireless charging pads and a gigantic stereo, as well.

It all probably left the owner with not much change from $250,000.

Ouch.

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By Graham King