The vehicle that arguably kicked off the luxury SUV craze of recent decades, the classic Range Rover, has developed somewhat of a cult following thanks to its comfort, off-road capability, and quintessential British design.
Its desirability has risen in modern-classic circles to the point where good examples are fetching as much as $50,000 – with many Australian-delivered vehicles now being sent back to the UK, due to a lack of rust-inducing salted roads here.
British company JIA has been developing 'restomod' Range Rovers in recent years – bringing original Rangies back to showroom-looking condition, but with modern brakes, suspension, and a proven V8 borrowed from General Motors.
This week, JIA previewed a new concept: the Chieftain Extreme, which gives a more modern look to the original two-door Range Rover.
Powered by a 523kW 6.2-litre supercharged 'LS3' V8, the Chieftain sends power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As the Extreme shown in these renders has yet to be built, no acceleration times have been provided. But considering its more demure 320kW non-supercharged sibling gets to 100km/h from a standstill in a claimed 5.2 seconds, it's a safe bet this one will do it in the fours – depending on how much grip is available from those all-terrain tyres.
Like all Chieftains from JIA, the Extreme sits on a re-worked chassis, featuring fully-independent suspension and AP Racing brakes, but this model also gets boxed guards and a wider track.
The price for a basic Chieftain starts at $265,000, and while pricing for the Extreme hasn't been made public, expect a healthy premium over that figure.