Twisted Automotive Modernizes And LS3-swaps Land Rover Defenders

Twisted Automotive, based out of the UK, started in 2000 by Charles Fawcett as a cure for his hunger for more power.

Since Fawcett was a little boy, his family has always been around Land Rovers, which helped him accrue a passion for the Defenders over time. By the age of 20, he was rebuilding his own, not just for looks, but for more power and all of the little details he wanted his Defender to have. Since Twisted Automotive started, they have been modernizing Land Rover Defenders by adding creature comforts, new aesthetics, and more power while still keeping the essence of the Defender present.

The model we see in the video is the Twisted 110 CSW Ultimate 500 V8, which has an LS3 under the hood. Mind you, not all of their Defenders come with LS3s, but they can do anything the customer requests. Twisted Automotive doesn’t just swap the engine in, though – They install headers, and re-map the ECU to extract 520 horsepower at the crank. It also comes with a 5-speed manual! That’s a big difference when switching over from a 2.2-liter diesel with around 120 horses.

Twisted Automotive rebuilt the CSW Ultimate 500 from the ground up. They’ve added their progressive suspension system which includes sway bars, springs, and dampers. The truck also comes with 6-piston Alcon brakes to stop all of the mass it carries. There are upgrades to the interior that include racing bucket seats, satellite navigation, and much more.

Fawcett has a great thing going with Twisted Automotive, and with the production of the Defender concluding as of last December, he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve to keep the Defender around.

About the author

Josh Kirsh

Born in Van Nuys, Raised in Murrieta, Joshua Kirsh is a SoCal Native. With a love for anything on wheels since the ripe young age of two, Joshua Managed to turn his love for automobiles into a career. As Power Automedia's newest writer, he plans to bring you some of the industry's hottest news topics while he's not out in the shop wrenching on some of our badass in-house project builds.
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