It’s the classic go-anywhere Defender, but with an electric powertrain and a luxury twist courtesy of Twisted Automotive.
Twisted Automotive is a Land Rover Defender specialist based in the U.K. and it’s known for sprucing up the old Landie with luxury interiors, improved powertrains and tech. Most of the vehicles they go over retain the factory diesel engine, although some are V8-swapped, but now the company has just announced a limited series of 30 all-electric Defenders that will only be available in the States.
They are all short wheelbase 90 models with the soft top offered with two power outputs: the $185,000 NAS-E model with 214 horsepower and 280 pound-feet (380 Nm) or the $210,000 NAS-E Plus with 320 horsepower and 309 pound-feet (420 Nm). Both versions come with the same 60 kWh battery pack that provides a claimed 200 miles (322 km) of range; charging speed is up to 22 kW.
According to Twisted, these Landies are even more capable than the already capable Defenders they’re based on. Both their on- and off-road abilities have been enhanced, they say, through the use of custom suspension components, wheels, tires and brakes.
Also, judging by the way the press release is written, these vehicles are all aimed at the Californian market - even their color schemes have apparently been designed to match the natural colors present in the state. The color schemes are called Malibu, Yosemite and Tahoe and they get matching interiors too.
Gallery: Twisted Defender EV
Speaking of interiors, you’d expect them to be luxurious in a six-figure Defender, and they look like they are. The come with Alston leather seats, a modern infotainment system, driving modes (Sport, Eco and Off-Road) and soft-touch materials throughout the cabin.
TWISTED 4x4 NAS-E CHARGES INTO USA: ICONIC BRITISH SHAPE GOES ELECTRIC WITH EXCLUSIVITY, CUSTOMIZATION AND CALIFORNIA APPEAL
Limited run of 30 vehicles: Each vehicle hand-built and individually numbered. Compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations
The Twisted NAS-E 4x4 lineup is born from the timeless Land Rover® Defender® legend, electrifying America with an unrivaled combination of proprietary and precision engineering, timeless custom design, practical 200-mile battery range and head-turning beach, off-road and street presence
Designed as a nod to the original North American Specification (NAS) short wheelbase Soft-Top 90 body type – featuring exclusive electric powertrain technology, high-voltage power, luxurious interior touches, everyday drivability, painstaking attention to detail
Refundable deposit to secure a slot, with first test drives available early October and an overall build lead time of nine months
AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 22, 2020) – Twisted – engineers of striking, iconic 4x4s featuring proprietary and precision engineering, fashion-worthy custom design and timeless British Defender® DNA – is introducing a high-voltage lineup of customizable electric 4x4 vehicles into the North American market. The stylish Soft-Top 90 shape, exclusive electric powertrain, 200-mile battery range and an unmistakable presence deliver an exclusivity factor that will turn heads at beaches, in the dirt and on the road.
Bruce Riggs, COO – Twisted North America
“As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender® form. With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle.”
The Twisted NAS-E: High Voltage Presence.
The NAS-E is the ultimate expression of individuality when it comes to standing out in an ocean of luxury electric SUVs, while still prioritizing reliability and everyday drivability.
NAS-E is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection, a re-imagining of the original North American-specification Land Rover® Defender© – built by Twisted Automotive. The lineup consists of two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus.
Top-level technical specifications: A fully electric, zero-emissions certified direct-drive system propels the full lineup of Twisted NAS-E models into the future. A clean and robust powertrain includes U.S.-made electric motors that deliver power on demand whenever and wherever its needed.
Compliant with North American EV regulations and California CARB regulations.
Stimulating Power Options:
NAS-E: Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 380 newton-meters (280 pound-feet) of torque and 214 brake horsepower.
NAS-E Plus: Performance increases to 420 newton-meters (309 pound-feet) of torque and 320 brake horsepower.
Charging and Practical Range: 22 kilowatt-hour charging system – with fast charging also available. Access to public charging infrastructure and a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a 200-mile battery range delivering practicality that matches gas-powered vehicles.
Progressive Suspension: Custom-valved dampers, superior traction, dramatically reduced understeer and suspension travel retained for off-road capability.
Performance Braking: Twisted Performance six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, ABS and TCS for increased traction.
Performance Drivetrain: Uprated componentry to handle increased torque figures, four-wheel drive gear-reduction direct transmission – featuring a step-down transfer case for high and low-range use.
Open-air form and California-inspired color options:
Based on the iconic NAS short wheelbase 90 Soft-Top.
The California Series will make up the first available models – with production limited to just 30 units, 10 in each color choice.
Available in three unique color options: Malibu, Yosemite and Tahoe. Each hue is inspired by a timeless California landscape.
Malibu embodies the beautiful yellow sands of coastal California.
Yosemite draws inspiration from the natural wilderness across one of California’s most famous national parks.
Tahoe emulates the alpine lakeside of Lake Tahoe in Northern California.
Cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts.
Three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests.
4x tip ups located in the load area.
Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver.
Twisted Stage One frontend.
NAS roll cage and Bimini hood.
Full infotainment system.
EV system management touchscreen.
Raptored ‘spray down’ unique flooring.
All features included from NAS-E.
Power increase to 320 brake horsepower.
NAS brush bar.
NAS side steps.
NAS-E body stripe decal.
Black side stills.
Refined Interior: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus reshape the perception of a lifestyle-focused EV interior. The lineup is designed to go anywhere, anytime and features modern, luxurious amenities and soft-touch materials previously reserved for supercars.
NAS-E and NAS-E Plus feature leather and Alston seats that are part of an interior designed to keep the end-user cool, while being much easier to clean.
Infotainment and Entertainment:
EV system management: Sport, Eco and Off-road modes.
Touch-screen infotainment and navigation.
Enhanced splash screen with unique function readouts.
Rearview camera with wide angle.
Exclusive Twisted eight-channel audio system: Italian designed, UK developed and built specifically for Twisted vehicles.
Security: GPS tracker and vehicle immobilizer. Companion app enables live monitoring and security features.
Full coverage warranty:
Twisted’s fully comprehensive coverage includes 24 months / 20,000 miles with available extensions.
Pricing and reservations/orders:
Starting at $185,000 (U.S.).
Starting at $210,000 (U.S.).
Lead time for each custom build/order: Approximately nine months.
Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.
Build slots can be secured with a fully refundable deposit.
Reservations and orders may be placed now by calling 1-800-832-8841 – or inquiring via the website at https://www.twistedautomotive.com/en-US/models/nas-e/.