Twisted T40s, car review: OTT Land Rover Defender proves it is the king of bling

This posh Land Rover Defender 90 on steroids is the latest in a long line of bonkers bespoke 4x4s from Twisted

Sarah Bradley
Monday 25 April 2016 22:40

The ultimate pose-mobile for well-heeled eccentrics, or a work of automotive art that happens to go rather well, too. The Twisted T40s is a bit of both, actually.

This posh Land Rover Defender 90 on steroids is the latest in a long line of bonkers bespoke 4x4s from the esteemed independent British performance specialist. With a transplanted 430bhp, 442lb ft V8 and digital touchpad-controlled six-speed gearbox from Chevrolet, it’s nuts – and the nuts. It can spin all four wheels as it leaves the line, hit 62mph in 5.8sec and charge on to 134mph, which alone makes its £116,284 asking price worthwhile.

But there’s so much more to the Twisted T40s – not least the upgraded cabin. It’s essentially still the same cramped, workmanlike Defender interior it’s always been, but Alcantara-trimmed Recaro seats and Momo wheel give it a much classier feel.

Twisted T40s

  • On sale: Now
  • Price: £116,284 (as tested)
  • Engine: V8, 6162cc, petrol
  • Power: 430bhp at 6250rpm
  • Torque: 442lb ft at 4000-5900rpm
  • 0-62mph: 5.8sec
  • Top speed: 134mph
  • Gearbox: 6-spd automatic
  • Kerbweight: 1902kg
  • Economy: 18.0mpg (combined)
  • CO2/tax band: N/A

And there’s more, including a brake upgrade and highly accomplished suspension set-up. The upshot is a 4x4 that feels more like a Corvette through the twisties than it has any right to. Its ride is a vast improvement over that of a standard model, and the steering instills you with confidence.

If you like your cars loud and visceral, the driving experience is a delight of the senses. It’s what Twisted’s loyal and fabulously wealthy customers are willing to pay big money for – and in their insane world, it makes utter sense.

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