Twisted NAS-E is a Defender-esque all-electric 4×4 that costs as much as a house

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

Earlier this year, a luxury 4×4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4×4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

“As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4×4 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 form,” said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. “With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle.”

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

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Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

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The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored ‘spray down’ unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

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The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

Photo courtesy of Twisted

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