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Bowler has built a name for itself by constructing some very impressive rally bruisers built on Land Rover platforms. Now the company wants to take to the street with the new EXR-S. The road-legal version is currently undergoing testing, and Chris Harris managed to get his hands on the 550-horsepower creation for a little preview.

A supercharged V8 propels the 3,814-pound, full-time four-wheel-drive SUV with ease thanks to its 700 pound-feet of torque, and engineers have set up the suspension to handle more like a modern rally car than a planted high-performance bruiser like the BMW X6 M.

While the race version splits power 60/40 between the rear and front axles respectively, the EXR-S serves up a 50/50 split. Even so, Harris says the machine is happy to oversteer once the driver overcomes the considerable grip on hand. He has no problem getting the high-rider to do his bidding.

At the end of the day, Harris calls the EXR-S "the most niche vehicles of all niche vehicles," and we have to agree. Check out the video below to see what he means.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like what a Raptor based Ford Bronco should be. Build it Ford. Who cares if it cannabalizes Raptor sales.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like Bowlers. Would love one for the road that combined the performance of the engine and suspension with a leather interior. Such a cool car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just a side note: No idea what they were thinking running those tires for this test. If you're going to run a anything with that much power on a tarmac surface they should have at least fitted 615 Azenis, Potenza S-04s, Toyo T1-Rs or Michelin Pilot Cup tires. Re watching this video now you can see the tires affecting the cars cornering performance and you can really hear the tires buckling when Chris drives into a corner a little too quickly for the grip available. Even an adjustment in pressures would have changed the cornering behavior to be much more pleasant. Oh well...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only thing missing is Maxwell the Pig in the passenger seat squealing "Wheee!" I'm not a truck/SUV person, but this one is nuts enough for me to want to try. Sorely lacking funds, though. . .
      • 3 Years Ago