The mystery of the Flying Huntsman
Step forward UK-based car coachbuilding house Kahn Design, which has turned a Defender 110 into the Flying Huntsman 110 WB 6x6 Concept. This outlandish concoction will be at the Geneva Motor Show this week, where this first example will be codenamed 'Mission 1'.
Panic not if you're wondering how on Earth the asthmatic Td5 engine you'd normally find in a 110 can pull this lot about, as Kahn has helpfully got rid of the ageing turbodiesel and slotted in a 6.2-litre GM LS3 V8. Which has a healthy 436hp, in case you're wondering.
Kahn is playing a lot of the details of the Huntsman close to its chest ahead of its world debut, but the 6x6 has a hi-lo ratio drive system and locking differentials to ensure it is as good off-road as any Land Rover. Kahn has grafted 400mm of extra metal into the bonnet, added 800mm to the passenger compartment and widened the 110 by 150mm. The windscreen rake has been increased, the rear door is wider and the front doors are longer, plus there's a full panoramic roof running from the B-pillars to the back of the car.
Given this is more likely to be seen in Dubai than Dublin, armoured variants up to ratings B4, B6, B6+ and B7 are being proposed, as Kahn is thinking of putting the Huntsman into production. Potential versions could include four- and six-wheel options, as well as pick-ups. So there you go - one B7 armoured, 6x6 Land Rover 110 pick-up could well be yours... if you're a complete crackpot.