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Land Rover is currently in the process of relaunching its most iconic nameplate. The 2020 Land Rover Defender is all-new and will likely draw comparisons to the long-standing Jeep Wrangler and new Ford Bronco but enthusiasm for the original Defender has not dissipated and there are still tons of aftermarket companies that modify them for wealthy customers. Twisted North America is one such company that appeared on our radar when it stuffed a supercharged Corvette engine with 650 horsepower under the hood of a Defender.
Now, Twisted has announced a new project called the NAS-E 4x4. Unlike most of the company's builds, which are typically powered by a Corvette V8, this one is propelled by batteries and electric motors. That's right, you are looking at a Land Rover Defender with an electric twist.
The Twisted NAS-E 4x4 will be built in a limited run of just 30 vehicles, all of which will be compliant with North American EV and California CARB regulations. It will be based on the soft-top Defender 90 shape, like the ones officially sold here in the United States. Power in the NAS-E comes from a Remy Borg-Warner motor, which delivers 214 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a NAS-E Plus model, which offers 320 hp and 309 lb-ft.
Both models will include a 22-kilowatt-hour charging system with fast charging linked to a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Twisted says owners can expect to travel around 200 miles on a full charge. Underneath, these Defenders are equipped with custom-valved dampers, six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, anti-lock brakes and traction control, and a four-wheel-drive gear-reduction direct transmission with a step-down transfer case featuring high and low range.
The California Series (all named after California locations) will make up the first available models, with ten available in each color choice. The Malibu is painted yellow to represent the sands of coastal California, the Yosemite is green to match the natural wilderness, and the Tahoe emulates the waters of the alpine lakeside. Inside, each will feature leather seats with Alston Alcantara inserts, an infotainment system, EV system management touchscreen, and air conditioning.
Pricing for the NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus is $210,000. Twisted says the lead time for a build is nine months and test drives will be available in early October 2020. Build slots can now be secured with a fully refundable deposit. So if you want a unique, customer alternative to a Wrangler or Bronco (that's also electric), this looks like a cool option.