What is it?
It's the reply to our recent JE Engineering Zulu Defender review. No sooner had the ink dried on that did the Autocar phone ring. On the other end was Twisted, keen to prove that JE Engineering isn't the only one shoehorning big V8s into Land Rover Defenders.
And it's quite a big V8, too: a 6.2-litre middle finger. To be more precise, it's the 6.2 LS3 small-block V8 from Chevrolet's Corvette, along with also countless other installations. "Surely it doesn't fit," I said, lifting the bonnet. "It fits," said Alex Duckett, operations director at Twisted, beaming a smile, "just."
He wasn't wrong; it did appear to be in there, and with it, GM's 6L80 six-speed automatic gearbox, through which it drives all four wheels. Like JE, Twisted will either take your own Defender and spruce it up, or you can choose from one of 240 the company bought just before the end of Defender production and have it, er, Twisted.
Our example here is probably the most outrageous possible. Twisted has taken a standard 90, popped out its diesel unit and dropped in that V8 to the tune of £39,995, which is more than the original donor Defender cost in the first place.
It has a name, too: the T40s, although this reflects the trim level rather than the V8 under the bonnet. As with JE's Defenders, Twisted's T40, T40s, T60 and T80 trims are really just a basic guide, because Sir or Madam can pretty much have whatever they desire - for a price.