StarTech Refinement just revealed its honorary salute to the Land Rover Defender in its last year on the market: the SIXTY8 Defender 110. Offered as a five-seater or seven, the Sixty8 is a gorgeous upgrade of the 100 Station Wagon body style. A small turbodiesel is the only letdown in an otherwise very thorough upgrade package. The interior is absolutely stellar – a massive improvement.
But the exterior is more subjective. This Sixty8 is based on the StarTech Series 3.1 styling, which runs a vertical grille in a retro flowing shape. It’s certainly distinctive, especially in contrast Santorini Black over Corris Grey. A sexy polished and engraved skidplate is a nice detail, as are the monoblock alloys. A full LED upgrade package competes the aesthetic makeover outside.
Just 68 will be made, with pricing for UK customers around $70,000 depending in seat layout.
In addition to this complete special, the parts and upgrades are available a la carte. A few other flavors included toward the middle and bottom of the page: the Series 3.1 and Defender 90 Yachting Edition.
BRABUS STARTECH SIXTY8 Defender 110
The exclusive limited special model as a farewellto the legendary off-road icon Land Rover Defender
STARTECH SIXTY8: as a farewell to the legendary off-road icon Land Rover Defender after a 68-year production run, STARTECH presents an exclusive special model in a limited edition of just 68 vehicles worldwide.
From the outside, the off-roader that sports a paintjob combining a “Corris Grey Metallic” body with a roof painted in contrasting “Santorini Black” impresses with its STARTECH Series 3.1 vintage design appearance package. An aluminum underride guard with SIXTY8 logo, STARTECH Monostar D 18‑inch alloys and tinted panoramic glazing for all rear windows.
The interior of SIXTY8 was customized to the same extent: the STARTECH upholstery shop created an exclusive “Tan Light Brown” and “Ebony Black” all-leather interior with ergonomic sports seats and diamond quilting. The equipment features also include an ALPINE multimedia system with 3D navigation and backup camera.
The powertrain of the STARTECH SIXTY8 combines a 2.2-liter turbodiesel `engine rated at 90 kW / 122 HP and producing a peak torque of 360 Nm, a six-speed manual gearbox with additional off-road reduction gear and permanent all-wheel drive with inter-axle differential lock.
The STARTECH SIXTY8 has an MSRP of EUR 67,990 for the five-seater and EUR 69,900 for the seven-seater vehicle (all prices including 19% VAT).
STARTECH Series 3.1 based on the Land Rover Defender
Since the first Land Rover was unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948, it has been considered the iconic father of cross-country vehicles. The production run of the final Defender edition is about to come to an end, an occasion that STARTECH commemorates with an exclusive special model. The STARTECH SIXTY8 is based on the Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon – either on the five-seater or seven-seater variant – and comes in a limited edition of just 68 vehicles.
The limited edition sets itself apart from the rest on account of its “Corris Grey Metallic” body, contrasting ”Santorini Black” roof and its SIXTY8 badges. The STARTECH Series 3.1 appearance package lends the Defender an exciting vintage look reflecting the style of the unforgotten Land Rover Series 3 built between 1971 and 1984.
To this end, the STARTECH designers sculpted a new front, which transfers the design idiom of the classic model with the unmistakable shape of its radiator grille to modern times. The black painted radiator grille, bumper and air intakes in the front fenders as well as a robust aluminum underride guard with laser-engraved SIXTY8 logo lend the Land Rover an even more distinctive face.
Of course, drivers of the special model can rely on state-of-the-art lighting technology: the STARTECH Series 3.1 front component is equipped with two round LED main headlights, which make even nighttime expeditions far away from civilization a safe affair. All other exterior lighting equipment features the same state-of-the-art LED technology.
In addition, STARTECH equips the Defender with precise-fit extensions for the production fender flares and fits black running boards with corrugated metal steps. As another special feature, the Defender sports tinted panoramic glazing in the rear to protect the rear passengers and the cargo bay from prying eyes.
The likewise black painted STARTECH Monostar D alloys also offer unadulterated vintage design. They styling echoes that of the classic heavy-duty steel rims of the Land Rover models. Nonetheless, they offer all advantages of modern wheel technology. The wheels of size 8.5Jx18 are mounted with BF Goodrich All-Terrain A/T off-road tires of size 265/65 R 18.
The interior welcomes driver and passengers with a luxurious ambiance created in the STARTECH company upholstery shop. In the case of the SIXTY8 special model, the upholstery was crafted with utmost precision and stunning workmanship from especially soft and breathable “Tan Light Brown” and “Ebony Black” leather. The hallmark STARTECH diamond quilting of the leather with black contrasting seams adds elegant highlights. The headliner and the sun visors are covered with fine black Alcantara.
Comfortable sports front seats with armrests specifically designed for this purpose provide perfect support even in rough terrain. Of course, the seats are equipped with seat heating and their longer seat consoles let even tall occupants find their perfect seating position. A glove box stylishly integrated into the dashboard and the classy interior trim of the liftgate are additional standout features.
A STARTECH sports steering wheel, stainless-steel scuff plates and aluminum components such as shift knob, emergency brake lever and pedals with SIXTY8 logo add sporty highlights in the interior.
A special center stack with SIXTY8 Limited Edition badge not only catches the eye in the cockpit, but also offers space for a double-DIN multimedia system from ALPINE with 4 x 50 watts of power. It features a DVD drive, SD card slot, USB port and Bluetooth technology for playing back music or movies. What’s more: the 6.1-inch touch screen also displays the image of the 3D navigation system and automatically switches to the backup camera when reverse gear is engaged.
The STARTECH SIXTY8 powered by a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine rated at 90 kW / 122 HP and producing a peak torque of 360 Nm at a low 2,000 rpm accelerates to 100 km/h in 15.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 145 km/h. The special model is available exclusively from STARTECH or any authorized STARTECH dealer worldwide. Orders are being accepted now. Deliveries will start in September 2015.
Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class:
STARTECH SIXTY8 based on the Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon: city 13.6 – 11.7 l/100 km, highway 9.7 – 9.4 l/100 km, combined: 11.1 – 10.2 l/100 km. CO2 emissions, combined: 295 – 269 g/km, efficiency class G.
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