With the Defender DP 500, MANHART Performance show that the new off-roader from Land Rover can be at the top of its game on the road. The basis is a Defender P400 AWD in the long, five-door body variant 110, whose three-litre petrol engine generates 400 hp & 550 Nm thanks to turbocharging.

203078150_921572638623801_2837373320205194583_n.jpgPlenty of power then, but Manhart are nonetheless stepping up the pace at this point by remapping the Defender’s engine control software. This increases the power of the unit to a remarkable 512 hp and 710 Nm, which puts the car on par with the top model, which is powered by a five-litre supercharged V8.

205353526_4058488457564859_6083090287625913820_n.jpgWith the MANHART stainless steel exhaust system, which is still in preparation and will be available with either carbon or ceramic-coated tailpipes, the Defender will also have a much more distinctive sound track. With regards to the chassis, there is also an optimization of the factory air suspension, including lowering by 30 millimeters.

Visually, the DP 500 rolls on a new wheel set: MANHART Forged Line rims in 10×24 inch, with a light grey finish and 295/30ZR24 tyres. For those who prefer a smaller wheel set that is also more suitable for off-road use, there is the Concave One in 10.5×22 inch with black finish and gold trim and 295/40 tyres, which is mounted on the rear as a spare wheel.

206245718_127124162864732_7253787192191023816_n.jpgFurther visual accents are set on the one hand by masculine wing flares, which give the Defender considerably broader shoulders and – like all other exterior components and the engine cover – are painted in body colour, and on the other hand by decorative silver stripes applied to the black bodywork.

203443734_844941862789559_4161729209036902576_n.jpgLast but not least, Manhart refined the interior with a high-quality leather/Alcantara interior including individually selectable accents. In addition, there is a set of electrically operated MANHART ErgoMed front seats from RECARO for the driver and front passenger, including heating and cooling as well as integrated airbags.