Yes, that's the "looks" thing.The Porsche argument is not valid. The 911 was unmistakably a 911, even after it got water cooling. It's still unmistakably a 911. My wife can spot them and she knows nothing about cars.
No, not at all. Every single thing Porsche has done to the 911, Land Rover has done the equivalent in the Defender. They have injected technology, changed the basic way it functions, added features that "purists" didn't want - they only thing that's the same - roughly - is the silhouette. And everyone loves them, because they're better for it. I predict the Defender will ultimately live up to its hallowed name and then some.What we have here is akin to changing the name of the Panamera to 911. Can you imagine the uproar?
I rest my case. The fundamental argument is whether Land Rover has "just slapped a name on it".The C8 is not a true Corvette either. It's just Chevy being lazy. It's a fantastic car, but it's a completely different car from the 60 years of front engine rear drive setup that had a certain look, feel, and driving characteristics. I'm glad they are pushing the envelope and we have this car as an option, but it's no Corvette.
Just slapping a name on it does not make it. There are intrinsic qualities that just make 'it'....especially after 40-50 years of legacy. IFS or no IFS.
That's your opinion - you don't have to buy one, you have all those other choices if what you want is more of the same thing that's been done for 20+ years. And the market is continuing to shift directly where Land Rover has been for two decades in the US - luxury SUVs, with emphasis on U. You may not believe the sales figures, but they are what they are. Land Rover just happens to make luxury SUVs that go off road very very well, and they don't make very many of them per year comparatively speaking, so they're more rare than others. I personally like it that way.It's just sad/confusing/disappointing that they went this way with such a golden opportunity to go at the other brands/names that have stayed true to roots....70 series, Gwag, Wrangler, hopefully the new Bronco. They entered a saturated market just as the market is shifting. Weird. Its just more of the same, more or less.