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Twisted Automotive Puts a Modern, Custom Twist on Classic Land Rover Defenders

Bespoke Twisted NA-V8 Defenders hit the North American market soon.

Twisted Automotive introduces its Twisted North America V8 (NA-V8), a bespoke 4x4 with the bones of the iconic Land Rover Defender. Produced from 1948 to 2016, the Defender gets draped in contemporary technology and fully-customizable prestigious features. Twisted's modern interpretation of a legendary off-roader invites customers to remake history.

Twisted, which is not the only company specializing in the customization and re-engineering of existing iconic Land Rover Defenders, believes it differentiates itself from others in its assertion that individuality is everything, giving customers the keys when it comes to choosing the aesthetic elements and functional accessories that'll best suite their personal style. The company believes in the power of an extraordinary ownership experience.

While new to the United States as Twisted North America, Twisted is not a new company. It was founded in Yorkshire, England, in 2001 by Charles Fawcett, himself a Defender aficionado. What started as a Land Rover tuning and performance side operation turned into a full-time operation by 2008, and the company has been giving the Twisted touch to only Land Rover Defenders since.

Its flagship customizable offering for the North American market will be called the Twisted NA-V8, and it'll be offered in a variety of body styles: NA-V8 110 Station Wagon, NA-V8 90 Soft-Top, NA-V8 90 Station Wagon, NA-V8 110 Double Cab, and the NA-V8 130 Pickup. Twisted works on 1988-and-newer Defenders, and the numbers in those names refer to the wheelbase-determined numerals assigned to factory Defenders.

The Twisted Defenders receive forward motivation thanks to GM drivetrains—either a 455-hp 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 or 650-hp 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. And true to the company's desire to emphasize individuality, it'll work with customers who want to squeeze some extra ponies out of the engines. While the engines are backed by GM's 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmissions, there is a five-speed manual transmission option for those who want full control over gear selections.

Twisted claims a proprietary braking and suspension system using components from Alcon, Bilstein, and Eibach. It has an anti-lock braking system, traction control, automatic torque biasing limited slip differentials, and heat-treated 4340 alloy steel axle shafts, CV joints, and drive flanges.

The NA-V8 Defenders' interiors are loaded with technology, convenience, and luxury features. Tunes are handled by an exclusive Twisted eight-channel audio system that's built specifically for these Defenders. Touch-screen infotainment and navigation meets the comfort and safety needs of tech-savvy customers, as do wide-angle panoramic cameras, parking sensors, blind spot sensors, cruise control, air conditioning, heated and cooled Recaro seats, power door locks, and electric windows. Custom touches come in the form of a one-off center console and plush leather throughout. To compete with the quiet cabins of modern trucks, the NA-V8s come with Twisted soundproofing and insulation technology.

The Twisted NA-V8 starts at $250,000, an expected price when enter the luxury bespoke 4x4 market. Each custom build takes about six months and upwards of 300 hours. Twisted North America is planning on a limited run of 200 vehicles spread out over the next five years. A Twisted warranty includes 24 months/20,000 miles (with available extensions), and there's a 2 year/50,000 mile warranty on the GM engine and gearbox.

An all-electric Twisted Defender is scheduled to launch later in the year. Reservations and orders for the NA-V8 Defender can be placed now.