Driven: Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II Review

The Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II is the eye-catching new special-edition pickup from Mitsubishi, developed by it’s new Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) division.

After the successful first edition in 2016, Mitsubishi has launched the second SVP, with some distinctive orange highlights.

Making its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, the SVP II is now on general sale, but availability is limited to just 250 models, half of which will be available in Diamond Black and the other half in Atlantic Grey.

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II

L200 SVP II: Bold Design

The SVP II certainly has a presence about it, with plenty of turning heads and stares during our testing period.

It includes all the standard Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian features on the outside, including front fog lights, folding and heated door mirrors and bi-xenon headlights, with exclusive SVP II features like 17-inch bespoke black and orange alloy wheels with BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, covered by aggressive wheel arch extensions, together with a new SVP grille and roof rails, both of which are also finished in black and orange.

The fog lamp rings, front and rear light bezels, door handle recess covers, puddle lamps and tailgate handle surround are all picked out in orange. SVP tailgate badging, a colour-coded bumper and shark fin-inspired black side steps complete the distinctive look.

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II load bay

L200 SVP II: Bright Interior

The black and orange colour-scheme has been carried into the cab too, with Barbarian-inspired ‘six-pack’ leather seats with suede-like Alston inserts having orange accented panelling, stitching and piping.

To give each model an exclusive feel, each SVP II’s individual limited-edition number, plus the SVP logo, is stitched into the headrests, and there’s also a unique SVP embossed mat set with orange piping.

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Mechanically and functionally, the SVP II has the same specification as the Barbarian. Standard features include the Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio system, which allows users to connect to apps or other features of their Apple or Android smartphone through the 7.0-inch touchscreen or via voice control. Rain and dusk sensors, cruise control, climate control and a reversing camera are also present.

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II interior

L200 SVP II: Ride and Handling

The SVP II is powered by Mitsubishi’s respected and punchy 2.4-litre engine, producing up to 178bhp and 430Nm. The BF Goodrich tyres have little effect on the amount of road noise inside the cab, which is relatively quiet, although the engine can give off a noticeable growl during heavy acceleration.

On the road, the L200 is possibly one of the worst performers with unresponsive steering and plenty of body roll, and the ageing 5-speed automatic can be hesitant. However off-road, the L200 SVP II comes into its own with plenty of suspension travel, 205mm ground clearance, a 30-degree approach angle and Mitsubishi’s renowned Super Select II 4WD system with low range and locking rear diff.

L200 SVP II: Price and Availability

Pricing starts from a respectable £30,410 plus VAT for both the black and grey versions, while our automatic version will set you back a further £1,400. The L200 is backed by Mitsubishi’s five-year warranty (limited to 62,500 miles), and the service intervals are fairly frequent at 12 months or 12,500 miles.