Tesla-powered Defenders review - blasted off-road and timed 0-60mph!

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Now we bet this wasn’t something you expected to see on our channel… Mat’s got his hands on a classic & a 2010 Land Rover Defender, but they’ve been converted to EVs!

Hiding under the skin of these off-roading legends, you won’t find any old petrol or diesel motors… You’ll find Tesla motors and batteries!

Now of course, rare and unique cars like this won’t come cheap! The classic Defender will set you back £125,000, while the 2010 edition costs £150,000! But to be fair, it does have a whole load of options added, such as the roof rack and a winch.

The question is - are they worth it? Sure it’s great to know you’re being more eco-friendly off-road, but are they really worth six figures?! You’ll have to stick with Mat to find out!

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  1. carwow
    Před 19 dny

    If you could convert any classic car to electric, which would you choose?

    1. Travel & Life with JoBo
      Travel & Life with JoBo
      Před dnem

      Nash Metropolitan

    2. Eashan Padyal
      Eashan Padyal
      Před 3 dny

      I want to see a army vehicle turned to electric

    3. Dinesh Mettu
      Dinesh Mettu
      Před 3 dny

      Range rover defender

    4. Peter Frank Hansen
      Peter Frank Hansen
      Před 5 dny

      1967 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

    5. Vroooom+
      Před 7 dny

      @G. Team Supposed to be built in the UK but they sloped off to Germany instead. Unforgivable really given the hype.

  2. B FlyingB
    B FlyingB
    Před 2 hodinami

    Most fun and happy Mat Launch 😆

  3. DrNikos
    Před 6 hodinami


  4. Akash Shelke
    Akash Shelke
    Před 17 hodinami

    that open roof defender is literally a RC car

  5. Connor Swan
    Connor Swan
    Před dnem

    Matts laugh when launching is more contagious than covid🤣

  6. Paul Underwood
    Paul Underwood
    Před dnem

    Brilliant! Love the look of both of those!

  7. Jack Recker
    Jack Recker
    Před 2 dny

    You should do an electric Defender vs Defender Works V8 vs new Defender V8 drag race

  8. Proinseas O'Kiellig
    Proinseas O'Kiellig
    Před 2 dny

    I dream of doing this to my 101FC..

  9. Eashan Padyal
    Eashan Padyal
    Před 3 dny

    You can actually makes cooling fans louder and make them respond to acceleration pedal as they will give feeling of gas cars in electric way and it will help batteries cool too

  10. Unicornul Sarvy
    Unicornul Sarvy
    Před 3 dny

    Tesla components are so good people use them over other ev components to convert ice cars

  11. Paul Oliver
    Paul Oliver
    Před 3 dny

    I live 5 mins walk from CARWOW Head office.. It would be a thrill to see Mat in the Spectre EV parked outside Waitrose ;-) its even Mayor Khan CC friendly .. who would have thought !

  12. Increased Frequency
    Increased Frequency
    Před 6 dny

    I've been waiting to see some EV off-road action for a long time, and it's better than expected!

  13. Yeet dude
    Yeet dude
    Před 6 dny

    The California

  14. MGTOW Matty
    MGTOW Matty
    Před 6 dny

    ABOMINATION > yeah try taking it to the far north and finding a charging station... " a land rovers best working range in 3-5 mph ...in 1st low " My old series workshop manual Dont change a great thing. > fun fact> over 85% of all landrovers ever made, are still on the road..worldwide. > the best of any car maker..

  15. Crash Builds
    Crash Builds
    Před 6 dny

    Is it just me that's deeply bothered by the fact the motor has no guard/shield covering it? Clip that on a rock and you're buying a new one for several grand......plate of metal.....cover it.....do it......do itttttt

  16. Morgan Norville
    Morgan Norville
    Před 7 dny

    I'm surprised he didn't wire some kind of input controller to limit how sensitive the 'gas' pedal is when off-roading.... I commented before finishing the video

  17. James Watadza
    James Watadza
    Před 7 dny

    The ICE age is overrrrrrrrr...

  18. Llama
    Před 7 dny

    doris is sick, 4 seconds to 60 SUV with those looks

  19. Chris Mackerdush
    Chris Mackerdush
    Před 8 dny

    Bad-ass vehicles. The combination of muscular look and build plus hard core electric power is bad ass as hell.

  20. moez dahmani
    moez dahmani
    Před 8 dny

    Sounds great English humour!!🤣🤣🤣🤣

  21. moez dahmani
    moez dahmani
    Před 8 dny

    125000£. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  22. Dutch Parisien
    Dutch Parisien
    Před 8 dny


  23. Pete FlintMurray
    Pete FlintMurray
    Před 8 dny

    There's a Dutch company out there doing a 35kWh 2CV conversion for €30k... High on my list of wants right now. Chassis made in Selby North Yorks, Leaf Motor and batteries I believe.

  24. rasindu indeewara
    rasindu indeewara
    Před 8 dny

    This is amaizing ☺️

  25. galacticmarine marmar
    galacticmarine marmar
    Před 9 dny

    0:03 no its way better to hit a rock and spil battery acid's ....

  26. Andrey Shipanga
    Andrey Shipanga
    Před 10 dny

    Carwow can u please riview the chevy captiva 3.2 v6 and chevy lumina 6.0 v8 please

  27. Eddie Panda Sutnga
    Eddie Panda Sutnga
    Před 10 dny

    We use to charge our phone now we charge our car boring

  28. Eddie Panda Sutnga
    Eddie Panda Sutnga
    Před 10 dny

    Gas better than ev sorry what would you do of there is no electricity and manual is better than auto

    Před 10 dny

    We need the electric version to demonstrate its deep rivers crossing ability ….

  30. Johnny Boye
    Johnny Boye
    Před 10 dny

    Just love it👍

  31. sandile wonderboy
    sandile wonderboy
    Před 10 dny

    Why you did not launch the black one

  32. Fazal Hameed
    Fazal Hameed
    Před 11 dny

    A drag race required....

  33. g4do
    Před 11 dny

    Yeah the range is appalling... I'll keep my fuel power thank you.

  34. Lee Pepper
    Lee Pepper
    Před 11 dny

    Car wow please stop giving this ev S**t the time of day nobody wants it

  35. Lee Pepper
    Lee Pepper
    Před 11 dny

    Absolutely dreadful how dare they destroy these fabulous machines with that crap electric rubbish 🗑 no thanks not ever 🤬🤬🤬

  36. Andrew Sseruyange
    Andrew Sseruyange
    Před 11 dny

    Matt you should go check out the ineos grenadier. That I think is the perfect successor to the defender. not the rebadged discovery thats following you around with the camera crew.

  37. Gert Stone
    Gert Stone
    Před 11 dny

    Just one question can you drive through a river

  38. Roshan Srinivas
    Roshan Srinivas
    Před 11 dny

    Gordon Ramsey owns one of those Black Defenders used in the Spectre movie

  39. David F.
    David F.
    Před 11 dny

    Would definitely have one!

  40. Bos Gaurus
    Bos Gaurus
    Před 12 dny

    The green one looks soo cool

  41. MGTOW Matty
    MGTOW Matty
    Před 12 dny

    Defender Purists..." Stop it....just....stop..."

  42. Jeff Baker
    Jeff Baker
    Před 12 dny

    VW Bug Conv

  43. biz4two biz4
    biz4two biz4
    Před 12 dny

    would LOVE to see James Bond, 007, drive the green "doris" defender in his next movie!! OMG, that looks so wonderful. Merci

  44. Tyanai Chigovera
    Tyanai Chigovera
    Před 12 dny

    4 seconds. In a Defender? Lunacy!!!!

  45. D S
    D S
    Před 12 dny

    Electrocuted driving it in the rain or in the puddle

  46. Ben Gumba
    Ben Gumba
    Před 12 dny

    Watching Mat launching the defender was like watching a toddler being thrown in the air or something

  47. OSMO
    Před 12 dny

    Which mat watson

  48. wotrulke
    Před 13 dny

    Matt looks like a farmer 🚜🚛🛻

  49. Ian Bernard
    Ian Bernard
    Před 13 dny

    so funny especially when talking about Doris that part on the extra legroom....absolutely good review

  50. senpai
    Před 13 dny

    That is not Defender ... That is TRX4 With QuickFusion Motor ..

  51. vu an
    vu an
    Před 13 dny

    Audi e tron coupe

  52. richiesworld1
    Před 13 dny

    Flip that and you'd be dead dead.

  53. martins dancauskis
    martins dancauskis
    Před 13 dny

    Shit Car of AAA battery's.

  54. henryhol8538
    Před 13 dny

    I love Landrovers! I saw and filmed 'Doris' at the London Classic Car Show recently. I'm sure I was one of the very few to spot the series 2 door hinges.

  55. Austin Burcham04
    Austin Burcham04
    Před 14 dny

    screw electric power

  56. M squared
    M squared
    Před 14 dny

    I see you dressed for the occasion,just missing some wellies

  57. Nmm
    Před 14 dny

    The acceleration test was looks fun!

  58. oscar jimenez
    oscar jimenez
    Před 14 dny

    i had never laughed in a car video, that was amazing.

  59. Pip
    Před 14 dny

    Epic...! This was so hilarious watching, I wish I could afford to buy you one...

  60. Garry Aiv Design
    Garry Aiv Design
    Před 14 dny

    Awesome cars😍

  61. Pedro Fernandes
    Pedro Fernandes
    Před 14 dny

    3.95? That's super car territory god damn

  62. Chase Stevens
    Chase Stevens
    Před 14 dny

    Does your carwow sight only work in the uk

  63. Bob808
    Před 14 dny

    ECC make some very cool cars! Great to see them on CarWow :D

  64. Othniel Sarpong
    Othniel Sarpong
    Před 14 dny

    and of course, im gonna launch them

  65. Scotty Rutherford
    Scotty Rutherford
    Před 14 dny

    Nice spare on that Spectre... why is it different 😐

  66. Glen Calhoun
    Glen Calhoun
    Před 15 dny

    That "Lil Green Machine" is an Epic Beast!!! That is my new dream auto for sure!!! Yez Zir!!! I pray I get a chance to achieve that kind of satisfaction out of driving one of those!!! Fookin Amazing!!!

  67. Adam Palmer
    Adam Palmer
    Před 15 dny

    It’s interesting but it’s not the ultimate version of a landy which is a bowler

  68. Øistein74
    Před 15 dny

    Plaid vs 992ts thank you very much

  69. Anthony Nguyen
    Anthony Nguyen
    Před 15 dny

    So when youre out there offroading and need to refuel I mean recharge what do you do?

  70. Todor Roshev
    Todor Roshev
    Před 15 dny

    Electric 😂😂😂 only 200 miles for this price 🤔 definitely you can doing off road (back yard only) 😂😂

  71. jakubgraus13
    Před 15 dny

    Mat going on holiday sitting in a plane: “Right, so I got my specialist timing gear here”

  72. Bart Zeegers
    Bart Zeegers
    Před 15 dny

    Cool , that's a real Sleeper 😂

  73. Turkish Bey
    Turkish Bey
    Před 15 dny

    Please do a review on LEXUS LX 570, especially how it performs off-road and how to use it off-road

  74. Tim Vaughan
    Tim Vaughan
    Před 15 dny

    Does it still leak oil?

  75. Dineth Bamunusingha
    Dineth Bamunusingha
    Před 15 dny

    They should include that optional engine sounds. like they included shutter sound in Smartphone cameras to emulate DSLRs. Lol

  76. xirfan
    Před 15 dny

    Get your Jimny converted Mat

  77. Gerhard Venter
    Gerhard Venter
    Před 15 dny

    Why not test it with the new defender?

  78. TheGoldenAle !!!
    TheGoldenAle !!!
    Před 15 dny

    when are we seeing the model S plaid review?

  79. Any Expat
    Any Expat
    Před 15 dny

    Given it says 007 you need to drive it underwater! Get a wetsuit on and go full Bond drive into the sea

  80. Mr Walla
    Mr Walla
    Před 15 dny


  81. M You
    M You
    Před 15 dny

    Hints of Alan Partridge at times here..

  82. Donald Duck
    Donald Duck
    Před 15 dny

    Could you do a water crossing at all?

  83. HQPB
    Před 15 dny

    That Doris is a lovely car. See if Richard will do an EV conversion for the Jimny!

  84. Iam Shakil 10
    Iam Shakil 10
    Před 15 dny

    convert your jimny to electric

  85. rob allen
    rob allen
    Před 15 dny

    I'd love a V8 land rover, you can keep the leccy version, no soul

  86. Dorje Kok
    Dorje Kok
    Před 15 dny

    0-60, so happy 😂

  87. Michael Costello
    Michael Costello
    Před 16 dny

    Richard doesn’t want his kids to bang their heads together in a crash, but he doesn’t seem to be worried about whiplash or airbags, does he 😂

  88. Michael Costello
    Michael Costello
    Před 16 dny

    Mat: “Richard loves his kids” Me: Who would’ve thought

  89. Zumy
    Před 16 dny

    Ruined my favourite car unfollowed

    Před 16 dny

    Enjoyed this video

  91. Mike B
    Mike B
    Před 16 dny

    "Eco friendly." Yes... apart from the bit where the batteries are built, and all the materials to make said batteries are mined out of the ground, and then in 7 years or so when the battery that can't be recycled has to be replaced with another battery that's built. Not to mention how the electricity to recharge that thing is produced in the first place. Simple truth is, the national grid is at capacity every winter. We don't have the electric to support electric cars. And if you removed all the ICE cars tomorrow and just had electric, the emissions that were from the ICE cars would be made by the power stations instead, but that's moot anyway because, we don't have enough electric!

    1. Tim Doyle
      Tim Doyle
      Před 15 dny

      Mike, you might be interested in reading the following article written by the National Grid. It actually says the grid reached peak demand back in the early 2000s and that if everyone in the UK switched to EV tomorrow, we would still have enough capacity: www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero/5-myths-about-electric-vehicles-busted

  92. Michael Dinwiddy
    Michael Dinwiddy
    Před 16 dny

    I know a good psychiatrist just DM me.. :-) :-)

  93. Car Hawara
    Car Hawara
    Před 16 dny

    Im trying to find a professionel to Do that to my 89 suzuki vitara 2 door! This is really usefull for hunting cause you always shy away the animals when you drive to a Spot with a Diesel engine clacking around.

  94. kenken830
    Před 16 dny

    Electric just makes everything better.

    1. kenken830
      Před 15 dny

      ​@rob allen Like you, I don't like the direction that society is heading in... but I think the examples you give are wrong... and you're a bit cranky. You're entitled to your opinion about the human race, but it just has nothing to do with electric vehicles. There's nothing about an electric motor that is ground-breaking new technology. Nearly all of the advancements made to make EVs viable are done on the cost & manufacturing side of the equation. EVs have nothing to do with any of the things you're complaining about. They're certainly not an indication of laziness. They make better cars, in nearly every metric, at a lower cost.

    2. rob allen
      rob allen
      Před 15 dny

      @kenken830 it just shows the way the human race is going, they say we are devolving while our technology is evolving, I know some people who can't function without a phone or computer, imagine being that reliant on a device! Must be awful

    3. kenken830
      Před 15 dny

      @rob allen Well, if your intent wasn't to insult, then explain how it added to the conversation? Having the wheels driven by an electric motor vs an internal combustion engine has nothing to do with hard work or dedication or shortage of apprentices in the UK or helicopters. Those aren't even good analogies for the topic at hand. They're just random things you're complaining about...

    4. rob allen
      rob allen
      Před 15 dny

      @kenken830 lol, suggesting you learn to read is hardly " hurling insults"

    5. kenken830
      Před 15 dny

      @rob allenHurling insults don't make you right. I guess you're just an unreasonable, angry person.

  95. Aunathan Jogust
    Aunathan Jogust
    Před 16 dny

    Can you charge these nice Land Rovers at a Tesla Supercharger?

  96. Steveh Hall
    Steveh Hall
    Před 16 dny

    Can't but help feel that motor is rather vulnerable in that position.. If off roading

  97. Wuuduu
    Před 16 dny

    lets go to deeper water in them

  98. TheBowerbird
    Před 16 dny

    Matt's laughter at launch says it all about how great these are :D

  99. Amir Abouzour
    Amir Abouzour
    Před 16 dny

    That 0-60 is as fast as a model Y performance

  100. Hus 9
    Hus 9
    Před 16 dny

    thank you for a good EV