Twisted, famous for its updated and uprated Land Rovers, has revealed a Chevrolet V8-engined Land Rover Defender 110.

Due its first major shakedown run in this year’s Gumball Rally, the Twisted V8 has a claimed 0-60mph time of six seconds. It commands a price tag of between £140,000 and £190,000 and takes three to four months to build. 

The prototype that Twisted will be taking to the rally is currently running around 520bhp and 480lb ft with uprated exhaust manifolds, although the car available to customers will feature a figure closer to the 450bhp.

Myriad components are uprated to deal with the power and to help the Defender make good use of it, including special Ohlins dampers all-round. 

Inside, those who know traditional Land Rovers well may find familiar controls missing; the mechanical differentials have been removed, with automatic torque biasing units replacing both the standard front and rear items.

The low-range gearbox has been taken out as well; the automatic ‘box and low-down torque giving more than enough off-road prowess.

Production models will also be offered in Twisted’s new ‘Definitive’ specification. This features a custom-made interior, fitted as standard to the V8-powered versions, although it is available as an option to those who order the 2.2-litre diesel powerplant.

Five orders have been placed for the V8 already. The Gumball Rally will provide the car with a more than adequate pre-sale shakedown, and Twisted has also supplied pro skateboarder Tony Hawk with one of its Alpine Edition 110s.

The Twisted team will join Tony Hawk on its Gumball trip from Copenhagen to Monaco, in time for the city’s grand prix stage.

Jack Evans