The topic of restomodding hasn’t always been embraced by the car community, but with the entire industry shifting towards electric vehicles enthusiasts are increasingly open to the idea of a cutting-edge power source housed inside a classic car (such as this rare 1961 Bentley S2 Continental). The EV company Inverted is one leading the way when it comes to electrified restoration and its recently announced Range Rover Classic is a perfect example of how to keep the original soul of a vehicle as it keeps up with the times.
There’s no doubt whatsoever that the Range Rover Classic is an extremely good-looking car, especially in the case of the two-door short wheelbase version. Inverted has replaced its throaty, original V8 engine with a whopping Tesla 80kWh battery and power unit that’s capable of 450bhp and 600Nm torque.
You read those numbers right. That’s three times the original power of Range Rover Classic and translates to a fairly rapid sprint time of around 5 seconds. Thanks to the Tesla tech, it delivers around 320 kilometres of range and is fast charging compatible with “20% to 80% charging time in around 32 mins.”
While the technical performance of the Inverted EV conversion is impressive on its own, the bespoke interior fitout of these Range Rover Classics might be the best thing about the entire project. The seats and dash have been immaculately revived in warm Mocha leather from the Scottish-based Muirhead and detailed with country club-worthy Harris Tweed, as well as fitted out with the modern luxuries we all enjoy like heated seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera, PLUS charging ports for your phone.
All of this upgrading doesn’t come cheap, however, and for your pick of a two-door, four-door, or LSE model, you can expect to pay prices starting from £225,000 (AU$421,208). A pretty eye-watering amount of money, but then again, there was always going to be a price to pay to keep the classics alive forever.