Truck Trends, Jason Gonderman visits East Coast Defender

Land Rover Defender for Sale in USA

A few weeks ago we flew Jason Gonderman of Truck Trend out for a tour and test drive of our facility, aka The Rover Dome. After finding out that Jason had never ridden in a Defender before (as if we weren’t already going to take him out for a test drive in our LS3 D90), we made sure to give him a taste of the Defender lifestyle in our Project Venice. Here’s a bit of what Jason had to say about his test ride:


“All of the Defenders were fun and easy to drive… They aren’t super quiet, especially with the soft-top, and aren’t ultra refined like a Rover of today, but that’s not what Defender buyers are looking for anyway. The factory Rover V-8 won’t win any races, but the nostalgia makes it fun to tootle around in. If winning races is something that you’d like to do, the Defender 90 with the LS3 and four-speed transmission is the ticket. This one felt like a rocket ship, with quick acceleration and crisp shifts. Most refined of the bunch was the LS3 and six-speed combination. This combination retains all of the LS3’s potency but combines it with an extremely smooth shifting transmission.” – Jason Gonderman, Truck Trend


Bingo Jason! Only a few laps around the local area and Jason has already picked up on the culture of the Defender, fun, easy to drive, not always quiet but we agree – the nostalgia is what makes it fun. Plus, our latest use of the LS3 and 6 speed auto transmission as Jason mentioned has proven to give the most satisfying of purrs upon start up and while driving, depending on the exhaust attached of course.

Read what else Jason discovered from East Coast Defender: Here


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Choosing the Right Interior for Your Build

Land Rover Defender for Sale in USA

Land Rover Defenders are world renowned for their technical abilities and raw off-road power, but at East Coast Defender, we look to add a luxurious edge with our fully-customized interiors. From hand-stitched leather interior, to touch-screen navigation and sound specifications, there’s a lot of room for customization in your build. The key is understanding the elements that fit your lifestyle and the ways your Defender will be put to use on the road.

Start with comfort: we can install any manner of heating systems into the interior of your vehicle, turning your Defender’s cockpit into a virtual living room. Consider the possibilities on the technology side: LED lighting weaved into the entire package, Bluetooth and GPS in a full touch screen easy-to-use setting, and importantly, a premium sound system that will ensure that the growl of our high-powered engines don’t steal all the glory.

Our interiors are fully customizable in terms of positioning as well as color. Choose from jet-black, eye-popping red velvet, or stunning tan, and match your Defender’s exterior with ease. Seat layouts can range from a mere one (for the solo sportsmen), all the way up to a lucky seven, featuring four jump-style rear seats. Having an idea of how many people you plan to ferry around in your lavish road machine is a good suggestion before beginning the build process.

Never forget that your interior is but a window to the exterior. Window systems and stylistic dashboard systems put a new tinge on the world as it glides past the road of a custom Land Rover Defender. A Puma dash upgrade puts both luxury and ease of control at your fingertips. A Masai panoramic rear glass window, power windows, and fully-customizable sunroofs have the ability to transform your view of the road for good.

Interior versatility, luxury, and innovation are our cornerstones. Our Land Rover Defender’s are handcrafted in the U.S.A. by the experts at East Coast Defender; we can build the creation of your dreams. Contact us today at 407-483-4825 or e-mail us at for more information.