Limited Edition Filson Jeep Dresses Up the 'Brute'
In today’s bustling off-road marketplace, there seem to be an endless amount of 4x4 shops willing to take your standard Jeep Wrangler and turn it into something else. No one, however, does it quite like Michigan’s American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) with its Filson Jeep. The firm — which has earned numerous awards from Jeep — prides itself on using the highest quality materials and parts to build bespoke utes, and they’ve teamed up with another manufacturer that does the same. But for gear. RELATED: See photos of the Jeep Wrangler Willys Edition
Experience the Brute Double Cab Filson Edition, AEV’s halo overland expedition vehicle trimmed with the impeccable style and durability expected of outdoor clothing and luggage retailer, Filson.
From the outside, those Filson Jeep touches begin to separate this Brute from its contemporaries. The Jeep comes adorned in a Filson-specific non-metallic dark green paint, and bears a custom tonneau cover along with exterior Filson badging. Inside, the treatment continues with Horween leather seating emblazoned with Filson logos, as well as a bespoke twill bulkhead storage bag, allowing quick access to your trail gear.
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It’s a treatment not far removed from the relationship between Land Rover and renowned custom shop Overfinch. Given that the rough-and-tumble Defender 130 inspired the AEV Brute, it makes Filson’s outfitting even more appropriate.
But that isn’t to say this is just some fancy bit of fabric – the Brute has guts. AEV stripped out the Wrangler’s standard 3.6-liter V6 and swapped in a massive 6.4-liter Hemi V8, lending itself to 470 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.
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Further technical improvements include a 9,500-lb Warn winch, a 3.5-inch Dualsport suspension lift, 35-inch BFG KM2 mud terrain tires, plus the composite truck bed, skid plates, and trail gear that make the normal Brute Double Cab – for lack of a better word – a brute.
The cost? You can ring up Filson and order one, just have $130,000 at the ready.
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