For the discerning buyer, there’s no better way to get a true taste of the Land Rover custom landrover than in a custom build. It can be as simple as tearing one down to the frame and rebuilding it, or it can be a fully blown upgrade, including swapping out engines.
As its name suggests, the Osprey specializes in building custom landrover. They’ll start with a customer’s old Land Rover Series or Defender models, tear them down to the frame and rebuild them.
The result is a modern Land Rover with the toughness of an old one. It’s a combination that resonates more with people than a new one ever could.
It’s also quite a nice ride. The 130’s suspension is a bit stiffer than the 110, but it’s not overly harsh, which makes it much easier to drive with confidence on the road.
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Osprey has fitted some interesting modern features to our test car, too. For example, the company’s Atoto aftermarket head unit has a touchscreen that’s responsive and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Inside, it feels like a more conventional Land Rover. The dashboard, for instance, has a more durable aesthetic than some of the other high-end vehicles in the range. Exposed screw heads and easy-to-wash rubber floormats give it a more rugged feel.
It might not be as quick as a 470-hp Jeep Wrangler, but the Defender 130 is still a pretty quick truck in its own right. And it’s a lot more enjoyable to drive than some of the more expensive SUVs on sale today, despite not having the white-knuckle thrill of the Lexus LX 600 or the Jeep Wagoneer.