Land Rover Defender is one of the coolest looking lifestyle off-roader SUVs money can buy in India. With its unique styling, driving prowess on off-road terrains and premium appeal associated with the Land Rover badge, the Defender has become very popular among the richest of the rich car lovers of India. Here are some of the popular celebrities who have a Land Rover Defender in their garage.
Talking of premium car collection and not including Mukesh Ambani’s exclusive garage is a big no-no. India’s richest businessman had included a Land Rover Defender 110 in a nice-looking shade of Eiger Grey in his collection. The SUV is usually seen in a convoy with escort cars like Mahindra Scorpio, Ford Endeavour and MG Gloster.
The current chief minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, had acquired two units of Land Rover Defender, one in Hakuba Silver and the other in Fuji White, in 2021. Stalin was first seen in one of the two Defenders while his routine inspection of flood-affected areas of Tamil Nadu in 2021. Both these units of the Defender are said to be the SE variants with diesel-automatic powertrains.
Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor acquired a Pangea Green coloured Land Rover Defender in early 2021, which happens to be the signature shade of the Defender worldwide. Arjun owns the First Edition variant of the Defender, which debuted in India with 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol engine options and had a few cosmetic add-ons over the regular version of the SUV.
Arjun Kapoor is not the only Bollywood actor who got a Land Rover Defender for himself. Aayush Sharma, who also happens to be Salman Khan’s brother-in-law, bought a Defender in a dark shade of Santorini Black from an Ahmedabad-based premium car consultant called Red Stallion Super Cars.
Another politician from South India who has a Land Rover Defender in his collection is a Member of Parliament from the Kanyakumari constituency, Mr Vijay Vasanth. Apart from being an MP, Vasanth has acted in a few Tamil movies and is a successful businessman as well. In 2021, he replaced his old red-coloured Toyota Fortuner with a new Defender in a special shade of red.
Viveck Goenka, the Chairman and MD of The Indian Express, owns a jaw-dropping collection of twenty different vintage models from Range Rover, which includes a well-restored sample of the original bare-bones Land Rover Defender. This particular version never made its way to India officially, but there are many imported units of this SUV that are still used in many corners of the country.
Another prominent personality owning a previous generation Land Rover Defender is Malayalam film actor Prithviraj. Known for his taste in luxury and sports vehicles, Prithviraj owns a beautifully restored 2012 Defender, which has been customized with a Nardo Grey paint scheme. This particular Defender also has customized black alloy wheels with chunky tyres, red upholstery with rubber beading and ceramic coating.
Land Rover Defender
Available in both 3-door (90) and 5-door (110) versions, the Land Rover Defender is offered in India with three powertrain options – a 2.0-litre petrol engine (292 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque), a 3.0-litre petrol engine (395 bhp of power and 550 Nm of torque) and a 3.0-litre diesel engine (296 bhp of power and 650 Nm of torque). All these three powertrain options get an all-wheel-drive system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.