Here’s another unexpected thing seen yesterday.

Here we see a 1980s Land Rover, what would be called a Defender now but it was just a 90 then.

It was sitting there with the engine running and there was something urgent about the noise, as if it belonged to something bigger and elsewhere. Let’s investigate.

Normally this model had a 2.5 four with just 68 bhp (no, they didn’t do turbos then). This isn’t a four. It’s a 5.9 l Cummins six, a thing much favoured by the Americans for truck use (and rather less so here because truck makers generally roll their own). Depending on spec this produces from about 200 to 300 bhp.


Whether you feel confident about a Land Rover with greatly enhanced performance is another matter of course.