The Twisted NAS-E is a fully-electrified Land Rover Defender

There’s also a NAS-E Plus version
by Vijay Pattni | Jul 24, 2020
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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).

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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.

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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.

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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?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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