Bowler has turned the new Land Rover Defender into an epic rally machine

It's called the Bowler Defender Challenge and it is a rally prepped off-road monster

7w ago

When Land Rover purchased Bowler in 2019, we knew something exciting was afoot – but we had no idea it was going to be this cool.

This is the Bowler Defender Challenge and it is a rally spec version of the new Land Rover Defender 90 that will compete in its own one-make championship. It is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the standard road car, producing 296-horsepower – but has a few differences.

For starters, Bowler has added some extreme off-road modifications like a full roll cage, a reinforced underbody, lifted suspension, rally spec 18-inch wheels, and column-mounted paddle shifters. It has also been completely stripped out to save as much weight as possible, but it still weighs almost the same as the road car (2,261kg) due to all the other modifications.

The 2022 Challenge series will run over seven UK-based rounds, with dates and locations to be announced later in the year. A total of 12 entries are available for veterans and rookies, each participating in an identical car. Participants with no previous experience can receive training and support to earn the required licence – making it possible for anyone to enter.

However, all this comes at a price and quite a hefty one at that. Customers who wish to take part in the 2022 Challenge can purchase a package starting at £99,500 (around $138,000). This includes a Bowler-prepared Defender and event support. This may seem like a lot of cash, but if you are a very wealthy individual looking for something a bit different, this is surely worth it.

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Comments (8)

  • The car looks cool, but it also looks kind of pathetic with that automatic gear selector instead of a proper manual or sequential.

      1 month ago
  • How about a striped out normal 90 with a lot less black boxes and toys?

      1 month ago
  • I'll take an exr s any day over this.

      1 month ago
  • I was very disappointed to hear that JLR had bought Bowler.

    I’m not sure it was in anyone’s interest except the guy who sold it

      1 month ago
    • I always suspected they got out before the EVs spelled their doom anyway

        1 month ago
  • Now this is the ultimate Defender right here where do I sign up?

      1 month ago