Merdad Hoodeh has been at it again.
Not content with turning the Porsche Cayenne into a good looking (but very expensive) coupe, the man behind car tuners Merdad Collection has turned his attention to the new Range Rover. The result – well, I think it looks great, but it’s almost certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.
The official spin:
“By adding dramatic and beautiful design along with high performance, the all-new 2013 Merdad Coupe is a fitting follow-up to our Porsche Cayenne 902 Coupe, launched in 2010. Merdad adds, ‘Our involvement in the Porsche Cayenne Coupe project gave us invaluable knowledge through research and development, which we are now applying to the Range Rover Highland GTC, to deliver a perfect supercar, inside and out’.”
The wheel arches are extended by 92mm overall in width, and the GTC will sport a full carbon rear bumper, diffuser and tailpipe deflectors, along with an extended roof spoiler and a smaller spoiler below the tailgate. Under the skin Merdad has implemented a sport suspension module, which will bring the SUV 40mm closer to the ground, while the Range Rover’s 5.0-litre V8 power has been increased from 510 to 700 bhp. Bigger front and rear sport brakes rein in the additional power, and all this is finished off with a custom exhaust system and a choice of 22″ or 23″ Merdad design wheels.
Price? Well, the pricing (in dollars) gives a clue as to exactly who Merdad is targeting…..
1- Range Rover 3.0 Litre: $209,000
2- HSE 4.4 Litre: $228,000
3- Supercharged 5.0 Litre: $239,000
4- 700 GTC Range Rover Coupe Racing 4 Seater: $485.000
Any way you look at it, it’s a lot of money, but for me it makes a welcome change from Range Rover’e Autobiography customisation program and it’s certainly subtle by comparison to Hamann’s shocking (pink) Mystere – although both cars have been widened and lowered by almost exactly the same amount. I wish Merdad the best with this – he’s a great character in the UK automotive industry and on the basis of looks alone, he should sell quite a few.