This $250,000 vintage Land Rover is actually brand new and can be customised endlessly — tour the ‘NA-V8’

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.
  • The Twisted NA-V8 is a modern Land Rover Defender built to classic specifications, yours for a base price of $US250,000.
  • Part of the reason the Twisted NA-V8s start are so expensive is because they are all so customisable.
  • You can specify anything you want, from exterior colours and interior trim to engine power output.
  • It’s designed to compete against the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen.
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Any turkey with more than $US100,000 can walk into a Mercedes-Benz dealership and walk out with a G-Wagen. Want something infinitely more customisable? Look to Twisted Automotive. Just be ready to pay a bit more.

Twisted is a Land Rover Defender reconstruction company that specialises in highly customised builds. No two Twisted products are alike, since no two customer tastes are alike. The trucks use V8s sourced from the Chevrolet Corvette and body panels and a chassis built from original Land Rover specifications. But don’t be fooled — they’re brand-new vehicles, just built on a 25-year-old design.

Recently, I got to take out the company’s NA-V8 90 demo car, which is based on the Defender 90. The inside was awash in quilted leather. Prices for the NA-V8 90 start at $US250,000.

Keep scrolling to get a closer look at it. And then read our review!


The Twisted NA-V8 90 is based on the Defender 90 but has a Corvette engine and a luxurious interior.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

Prices start at $US250,000, which is a lot.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

But that quarter of a million dollars buys you incredible customisation options and attention to detail.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

This is the demo vehicle I tested out. It’s covered in black quilted leather.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

It was buttery-soft to the touch.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

There was also contrasting green stitching to match the truck’s exterior colour.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

You can get it with either a manual transmission or an automatic transmission.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

The NA-V8 90 specifically only has two doors but these two jump seats fold down to make a second row.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

Of course, because it’s based on a Defender, there are off-roading capabilities.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

Can you imagine this interior but with lilac leather? If you can think it, chances are that Twisted can build it.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

All around the truck, you’ll find Twisted Automotive badges.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

The NA-V8 90 is powered by the LT1 V8 engine that’s from a Chevrolet Corvette.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

It’s good for a claimed 455 horsepower, but you can have it tuned to different power outputs if you want. My test car made 525 horsepower.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

But! A supercharged V8 is also available if you want a claimed 650 horsepower.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

Basically, driving a Twisted is to have the looks of an original Defender but with today’s creature comforts.

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Twisted Automotive.

The NA-V8 is designed to compete against the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Which would you rather have?

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Twisted NA-V8 90. Kristen Lee