Video: British Body, American Heart — Twisted LS3-powered Defenders
British Gearheads Enhance Icon With American Power
Love for cars and trucks is a global phenomenon that dates back to the invention of the motor vehicle more than a century ago. Despite draconian regulations essentially outlawing internal combustion engines in downtown London, the gearhead culture is alive and well in the U.K., as evidenced by the lads at Twisted, a shop that has built its reputation on pumping up Land Rover Defenders. The key ingredient in making the Defender so much better? A good ol’ American V-8 in the form of a GM LS3. The use of the high-performance engine in the Defender more than doubles the horsepower of Land Rover’s comparatively tame 4.0L OHV V-8.
Unfortunately for us Yanks, the Defender has not been sold new in the U.S. since 1997, so the chance of getting a new Twisted Defender into the U.S. legally is slim to none. But there are plenty of shops in the U.S. well-versed in engine swaps, so it’s not inconceivable to build your own LS-powered example stateside. Twisted’s approach differs from some SUV tuner shops in that it strives to strike a balance between off-road and on-road performance. If you’re a European gearhead with a love for Land Rover’s enduring off-road icon but crave more power, you can learn about Twisted’s offerings at twistedautomotive.com.
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