If you live in the United States, there are really only a few paths to follow for purchasing a Defender. You can take the affordable route and buy one in well-loved and sometimes leaky condition. Alternatively, you could look at one of the many “restored to factory” choices, which are cleaned up, running well, and ready for adventure. Either can be an excellent way to find your dream truck, but if you have the money, there is a third option. Made to order, like new Land Rover Defenders that have been completely overhauled with new motors, transmissions, paint, accessories, and interiors to make them as comfortable and reliable as they are capable. We admit, the prices can be very high, but many of these Defenders are just too cool to ignore. Take this Arkonik Ragnörok for example. It’s freshly built, fully equipped, and ready for import to North America.
So here’s the problem, Defenders aren’t known for being comfortable. In fact, I’d venture to say they’re known for being uncomfortable, which is sort of a buzzkill if you’re dropping this much money into purchasing one. That’s why Arkonik updated the interior with vintage thatch leather trim and Elite Sport heated front seats. This comfortable and supportive combination make long drives a breeze, and seriously improves the overall feel of the Defender. Since the seats no longer matched the other interior components, the door cards, locking center console, and even the shifter surround were changed to match the new leather. Unfortunately, a wooden steering wheel was also installed, but it looks a little out of place with this Defender’s modern theme. As the final touches, the gear knobs, door handles, and many other components were swapped with black aluminum replacements, and an Alpine sound system with Apple Car Play was installed for playing your favorite tunes on the road.
While this particular vehicle has already been sold, the Ragnörok package is available for $170,000. It’s certainly not cheap, but few dream cars ever are. Until we win the lottery or strike it rich, we’ll just have to settle for staring at the photos. To learn more about the Ragnörok 110, Arkonik Defenders, or the myriad of other vehicles they’ve built, check out their website here.