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Off-road Bowler EXR-S heads to auction

Silverstone Auctions will offer the supercharged Bowler EXR-S at its next auction, for an estimated £95,000-£115,000


Silverstone Auctions will offer an example of one of the wildest and fastest off roaders to be built at its 20 May auction: the Bowler EXR-S. Described by Bowler as an ‘all-terrain supercar’ this Range Rover Sport-inspired vehicle comes with a pre-sale estimate of  £95,000-£115,000. 
 
Bowler is a company well known for its rallying exploits, producing a number of Land Rover-based rally cars since 1983, as well as now officially working with Land Rover on its Defender Challenge cars. The EXR-S was the road-legal version of the EXR, which was built for use on rally raid events. As with the previous Wildcat and Nemesis models, these cars can cross pretty much any terrain – at almost unbelievable speed.
 
This particular car is actually chassis number 1, and is one of just three right-hand drive examples produced by the Derbyshire-based company so far. It was created for a private customer, who is currently the only owner, and has covered just 480 miles in the vehicle. 
 
Although there are hints of the standard Range Rover Sport road car, it’s actually based around a custom hydroformed chassis. The front grille, head and tail lights, as well as the mirrors and door handles are really all that remain. The car also features a full FIA-approved roll cage. Externally, it’s clear to see that this is no ordinary Range Rover, featuring custom two-door bodywork and huge 22-inch wheels. 
 
Unlike the homologated race-spec cars, the EXR-S was fitted with the more powerful 550bhp supercharged engine from the RRS, driving a six-speed automatic gearbox (with paddle shifters), 50/50 permanent four-wheel drive and a special E-diff at the back. This is good for a 0-60mph time of 4.2secs, and a limited top speed of 155mph. 
 
The suspension is particularly special, with a fully independent and adjustable long-travel Bilstein remote-reservoir dampers and Eibach progressive springs. Six-pot Brembo brakes have no problem stopping the 1800kg EXR-S.
 
Step inside, and this is clearly a nicely-trimmed race cabin, rather than a genuine road car. There’s plenty of carbon fibre, with the original RRS steering wheel and controls. It comes with everything you would expect of a regular Sport though, including dual-zone climate control, Pioneer audio system and some powerful speakers in the rear.
 
Speaking ahead of the sale, Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, commented: ‘What a machine this is! The power and performance of this car is genuinely mind blowing. This is a truly stunning and very special motor car which offers an outstanding driving experience. This is a unique opportunity to acquire the latest top of the range "all terrain supercar" for a fraction of the cost new today.’

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