There are plenty of third-party tuners out there capable of converting your precious machine into a fully electric vehicle but, for such a drastic transformation, it’s best to choose a company that really knows its stuff. When it comes to the classic Land Rover Defender, Twisted Automotive has almost 20 years of experience. The Yorkshire-based tuning shop has recently announced its NAS-E project, where the original North American specification soft-top Land Rover Defender 90 is given new life with an EV drivetrain.
Available exclusively to the US market for left-hand drive stock, Twisted has fitted the Defender with a direct drive power system offering 214hp and 380 Nm of torque, paired with a 4WD gear reduction direct transmission. The 60 kWh batteries offer over 200 miles of range – more than enough for a bit of off-road action. Other modifications include brand new in-house progressive suspension, brakes and sport rims, as well as modern essentials such as a reversing camera, infotainment system, and touchscreen EV system management. The interior has also been given a makeover with cream leather seats with Alston inserts and a three-seater bench with detachable headrests up front.
If you’re after something with more grunt, there’s also the NAS-E Plus option. Offering 320hp and 460 Nm of torque, the NAS-E Plus features an extra brush bar, side steps, roll-bar spotlights, body stripe decal, and black side sills for a more aggressive look.
Only 30 examples of the NAS-E and NAS-E Plus are set to be built, and owners can select from a yellow, light blue, or mint paint colour for the exterior. Pricing starts from US$185,000 for the NAS-E and US$210,000 for the NAS-E Plus.