motodrome offer this, one of the rarest Defenders built – a JE Motorworks Zulu 2 Defender 90 XS Station Wagon, finished in Grey metallic with black roof and full Ruskin Design bespoke leather interior
Please note: the number plate BIG 90 as shown in the photos does not form part of the sale, but is available by separate negotiation.
JE Motorworks billed the Zulu 2 as ‘the ultimate Land Rover Defender conversion, and it’s easy to see why. In 2018 it went to JE for the conversion which includes:
- JE Motorworks 4.7 litre Supercharged AJV8 petrol engine producing 475bhp and 650Nm of torque, fitted with an ITG performance air intake and a bespoke stainless exhaust for the Zulu’s signature sound
- Drivetrain uprated to match the available power with ZF 6-speed manual gearbox, uprated 1:1 limited slip transfer box, uprated propshafts, Quaife ATB diffs, and uprated driveshafts
- JE / AP Racing ‘big brake’ conversion featuring AP 362mm grooved front discs and 6 piston calipers fitted with performance brake pads.
- Suspension upgrades including Je performance suspension with Fox Racing dampers, JE lowering springs and anti-roll bars and 18in diamond-turned alloys shod with a matching set of 5 Yokohama 285/60 R18 performance road tyres.
- Electronic handbrake conversion
JE’s own details on Zulu 2 – the ultimate Defender conversion, can be found here
As part of the eye-watering conversion cost, Ruskin Design were commissioned to trim the interior to an exquisite standard with stitched leather and carpeting throughout, and brown alcantara headlining, and I have to say it’s without doubt the nicest Defender interior I’ve ever seen, and it gives a real sense of occasion. I’m pleased to note they stuck with the original seat shapes – personally I’m not a fan of bucket seats in Defenders.
The owner elected to keep it looking fairly stock on the outside – the only clues to what’s under the bonnet are it’s tough stance, a pair of subtle ‘Supercharger’ decals on the bonnet, and the quad exhausts. It’s a real Q-car.
Standard XS station wagon factory spec includes Air Conditioning, cold climate pack including heated seats and screen, ABS and traction control, and electric windows, all of which this retains
Of course, as befits a high-end Defender it’s been upgraded with lots of quality items as well, including, externally, the full Masai panoramic window kit and spare wheel carrier, tubular heavy-duty front bumper, steering guard, full LED light kit, Optimill vents and billet aluminium screen blocks, front door handles, and hinges for all 3 doors, NAS rear step with integrated towpack, and mudflaps all round Internally it’s been fitted with Optimill billet door furniture and heater controls, JE instrument binnacle, sports steering wheel, ‘chubby’ box, leather gearlever gaiters, a seriously powerful Alpine double-DIN stereo system with DAB, apple carplay, Bluetooth, front and rear camera, and subwoofer, and of course it has the factorybulkhead removal bar, and the correct forward-facing folding seats in the load area.
MILEAGE, HISTORY ETC
The base car is a 2009/59 Defender 90 with just 2 owners from new – the last owner had it since Jan 2010 and we think it was a dealer demonstrator prior to this. The paintwork is all original bar some recent professional paint correction for stonechips etc.
It’s warranted 72000 miles are somewhat academic considering 99% of the mechanics were replaced with new by JE Motorworks in 2018-19 as part of the conversion, and we think it’s done around 20000 miles since. We do however have it’s original book pack including the original stamped service book, and of course all the JE Motorworks bills for the conversion and subsequent servicing by them – last serviced by JE in July 2021.
We also have 2 sets of keys and fobs – it’s fitted with a Sigma alarm/immobiliser system.
It’s also been rustproofed twice – the first by Nene Overland in 2015, the last time in October 2020 by ‘before n after’ for their renowned rustproofing treatment, , for which we have the certificate. Their work comes with a 10 year guarantee.
It’s reputed that JE only carried out around 25 of these conversions, so you’re very unlikely to see another one. To my mind it compares very favourably with a Mercedes AMG G55, but far, far rarer. And – it’s a Defender, but built by the experts in performance Defenders.
As a bonus, as a result of it’s conversion it’s now both ULEZ and LEZ compliant
Comes with MOT to August 2023
At the very bottom of the page, you’ll find our usual 2 videos: a walkaround appraisal, and driving impressions, which form part of the description.
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