This Defender Series II by Twisted Automotive is the perfect Santa's sleigh
You may have heard of Twisted Automotive, a Yorkshire-based tuning company specializing in classic Defenders. I once drove one of their vehicles at the Top Marques Monaco, it was a 6.2 L V8 soft-top Defender, and was left flabbergasted because it felt modern and usable, while also retaining the traditional LR heritage.
The vehicle you see here is a Classic Series, one of 20 available in this spec (this is no. 7) and I can totally picture Santa Claus driving it across Lapland to deliver presents. Speaking of which: "Dear Santa, I've been good this year..."
There's a lot of love out there for the Defender. It is *the* classic vehicle by definition, an all time great that made history and powered all kinds of people in all kinds of places through any scenery and terrain.
Twisted Automotive has modified this Land Rover Series II extensively but didn't actually alter the looks and design elements that made us fall in love with the original Defender Series II that Land Rover began producing in 1958. In fact, were it not for the tiny LED lights on the front bumper and the Twisted 18'' black wheels on BF Goodrich Tyres, you'd be fooled into thinking this is all-original.
The car is painted satin metallic white and Twisted also installed a new winch bumper, new mud flap jackets and a new tubular spare wheel cover. The door handles and the fuel cap feature Twisted badging, too.
It is powered by a 2.2 L diesel engine, coupled with a manual gearbox with low-range. Thanks to an ECU software remap and a new stainless steel exhaust system, it now makes 170 bhp.
Twisted often equips its vehicles with a much more powerful 6.2 L V8 but remember, Santa is going to have to work around the clock 9 days from now to deliver a lot of presents, so I figured he might use the extra range.
Twisted Automotive has also made some changes in the cabin and even though I personally think the interior is a bit... barren, it is also spotless and clean and this no-nonsense practical upholstery certainly fits the purpose.
It's black on black on black, with heated front seats in black leather with black stitching and Alcantara lining. the door handles are also upholstered in leather, and so is the dashboard and terehs' a 7-inch Alpine touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay integration, DAB radio and rear view camera.
There's a million tuning companies out there but only a few are actually capable of creating tasteful vehicles.
This particular Defender can still be yours, it costs £69,990 (plus VAT) so I wouldn't call it cheap but I could, I certainly would. And I hope Santa is reading this, too.