A 6-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox for Land Rover Defenders has been developed and introduced by Land Rover specialists JE MotorWorks.
The engineering team at Coventry-based JE – which has been modifying, tuning and building Land Rovers for 40 years – have developed a gearbox which seamlessly integrates with the Defender 4×4 system, and which yields 10-12% improved fuel economy and considerably quicker acceleration than the quarter-century-old OE 4-speed auto box.
“The 6-speed is a heavily modified version of a Ford gearbox more often seen in current-day Ford Mustang, Ford Ranger and Ford F150 pickup models, and from the very first test drive we all felt it seemed made for the Defender,” said David O’Connor of JE MotorWorks.
“Our engineering team, which has a track record of providing consultancy and developmental input to several major car manufacturers and engine makers, created a kit to convert the 6-speed for use in the Defender – maintaining both the standard Defender 4×4 system and the tiptronic feature of the gearbox.
“Simply put, it’s faster, more economical, more relaxed to drive, more versatile, and never leaves the driver wanting.
“We’ve been re-designing and re-engineering Land Rovers for 40 years, to the extent that even Land Rover has bought the rights to some of the engineering, performance and technology ideas we’ve developed and deployed in our own cars.”
The 6-speed automatic gearbox installation is priced at £8,860 plus VAT, and is available now. Customers can experience the 6-speed in JE’s demonstrator vehicles.
JE played a big part in helping the automotive world realise that Range Rovers could be performance cars – and created the first high-performance Land Rover Defenders.
It now modifies, enhances and tunes the full range of petrol and diesel Land Rover and Range Rover models – including current-day versions – and produces the world’s fastest Land Rover Defender at its Siskin Drive HQ, near Coventry Airport.