Defender Klasik Akan Kembali Dengan V8 575hp Supercharged
Sekiranya anda peminat Land Rover Defender klasik dan tidak terlalu berminat dengan model baharu moden, anda bernasib baik. Bowler, pembina SUV prestasi siap-rali yang terbaik, baru saja diberi lesen oleh Land Rover untuk menghasilkan kenderaan Defender klasik. Syarikat ini sebenarnya sudah menjadi sebahagian daripada Operasi Kenderaan Khas JLR.
‘Classic Defender’ Versi Bowler menggunakan gaya badan wagon stesen 5 pintu dan ia akan dipanggil Bowler CSP 575.
“CSP” di sini merujuk kepada Cross Sector Platform, chassis rolling unik yang dikembangkan oleh Bowler. “575” merujuk pada enjin petrol Jaguar Land Rover Supercharged V8 575hp dari Range Rover Sport SVR yang sudah berada di Malaysia selama 6 tahun.
Walaupun ia fokus kepada prestasi, CSP 575 ada 4 tempat duduk. Jangkaan harga sekitar £ 200,000…
Land Rover has given Bowler permission to produce vehicles using the classic Defender shape in the next phase of development for the UK-based manufacturer of all-terrain performance cars and rally raid vehicles.
The new agreement paves the way for Bowler to develop a new family of high-performance models, beginning with a project codenamed ‘CSP 575’ – a new road-going vehicle with Bowler’s own rally-proven CSP high-strength steel chassis, aluminium alloy Defender 110 Station Wagon body panels and Land Rover’s 575PS Supercharged V8. This project will supplement the ongoing motorsport developments that are the foundation of Bowler’s past, present and future plans.
Founded in 1985, Bowler pioneered the production of dedicated off-road competition cars in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover acquired Bowler at the end of 2019 and its expert team has been developing a number of exciting projects as part of Special Vehicle Operations.
Bowler customers are already benefitting from this relationship as Land Rover SV engineers are helping develop Bowler vehicles and using their engineering expertise to test Bowler products at Special Vehicle Operations’ world-class facilities.
Land Rover’s decision to issue Bowler with a licence agreement to build vehicles using the classic Defender shape is a natural progression of this relationship and the new station wagon project represents a unique undertaking – integrating the technology, components and engineering excellence underpinning Land Rover’s SV products with Bowler’s motorsport expertise and experience.
Bowler’s motorsport heritage
1985 Drew Bowler begins making and selling competitive safari and trials cars from his home in Derbyshire
1991 Drew Bowler wins ARC National Comp Safari
2000 Bowler first competes in world-famous Dakar Rally in Africa, and races in central Europe
2004 Bowler vehicle wins British Hill Rally Championship
2005 Bowler’s largest ever Dakar entry means it’s the second largest factory team, and has highest finisher rate
2006 Bowler vehicles win both the British Baja National Championship and the French Baja
2012 Bowler agrees formal brand partnership with Land Rover across sponsorship, marketing and engineering
2014 Defender Challenge launched to prepare competitors for Dakar. Bowler moves into new production facility
2016 CSP platform development begins. Company founder Drew Bowler sadly passes away in November
2018 Bowler vehicles claim first, second and fourth overall on Tuareg Rallye. Military CSP concept debuts
2019 Jaguar Land Rover acquires Bowler, adding the business to its Special Vehicle Operations division