Welcome to another new-old Defender, built by Twisted Automotive. It’s electric. It’s yellow. And it’s rare.
Officially called the NAS-E—or NAS-E Plus, if you want a more powerful version—it’s a reimagined North American-spec soft-top Land Rover Defender 90 with all the dirty oily bits binned and replaced with electricity.
The fully-electric Twisted NAS-E gets a Remy Borg-Warner motor that promises some 214hp and 379Nm of torque, matched to a direct-drive, four-wheel-drive setup. There’s a 60kWh battery on board promising 322km of range (with a 22kW-hour charging system and the option of fast-charging).
Being such a progressive old timer, it has custom valved dampers, Twisted Performance’s own six-piston calipers, harder brake pads, ABS, TCS, and a step-down transfer case for high and low range. We’re promised “superior traction, dramatically reduced understeer,” while still retaining the old Defender’s ability to go literally anywhere.
It’s yellow, yes, but you can also get it in blue, or even green if you wish. There are some cream leather seats, a touchscreen infotainment system, a three-seat bench, silver Twisted Sport wheels, a roll cage, ‘spray down’ flooring, and even aircon.
Should you wish to test out that ‘spray down’ floor, that more powerful NAS-E Plus offers a 320hp and 418Nm of torque. It also comes with everything the NAS-E gets, along with side steps, black side sills, a bull bar, and the all-important addition of spotlights.
Only 30 will be built, and currently only for the US market, the NAS-E starting from $185,000 (P9.15 million), the NAS-E Plus kicking off at $210,000 (P10.4 million).
“As the world moves steadily towards 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,” explains Twisted North America boss Bruce Riggs.
California, are you ready for a new-old, electric, yellow (or blue or even green) Defender?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.