Icon Shoehorns 6.2-liter LS3 Unit into Land Rover Defender 90


Built for a customer who wanted to see a 1995 Defender pushed to the limits.

It's one of the most legendary off-road vehicles ever made, but that didn't stop Icon from giving this Land Rover Defender a comprehensive resto-mod. Dubbed the Icon 90, the one-off build was commissioned by a customer under the Icon Reformer line and is based on a 1995 Land Rover Defender 90. The most significant modification is the replacement of the standard diesel unit with one of GM's 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8s.

But this is no ordinary small block hwwp. Icon has modified it with powdered-metal connecting rods, investment-cast rocker arms, aluminum pistons, and custom intake, cooling, and exhaust systems. The extensively reworked V8 is mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox with a NC-machined Atlas II transfer case.

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Other upgrades include 17-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber, a custom braking kit, full LED lights, a Hellcat steering wheel, and hand-crafted dash panels. Hand-built in California where the rest of Icon's custom projects are completed, if you want to know more about this impressive build, check out the video where company founder Jonathan Ward presents his latest creation.