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Want to make your classic Land Rover Defender ULEZ compliant? Here’s how.

Wherever you take a Defender, it looks at home. Many Twisted customers use their cars in the city and the country.

However, the £12.50 per day ULEZ charge (and the proposed zone expansion) has left some Defender owners wondering whether to sell their treasured vehicle. No need.

Twisted offers three ways to make your classic Land Rover Defender ULEZ compliant:

  • Convert any 2.2-litre diesel model
  • Upgrade to the Twisted ULEZ compliant 2.3l petrol engine
  • Upgrade to the Twisted ULEZ compliant V8 petrol engine
  • Suitable for Defender built from 2007 onwards, it works with a standard 6-speed gearbox
  • It takes 6-8 weeks – a proportion of this time is for testing, tweaking and making sure everything is perfect
  • We’ll send your log book off to record the engine change, so there’s no paperwork for you to worry about.
  • Suitable for Defender built from 2007 onwards
  • 6.2-litre LT1 engine
  • 8-speed auto gearbox
  • It takes 6-8 weeks – a proportion of this time is for testing, tweaking and making sure everything is perfect
  • We’ll send your log book off to record the engine change, so there’s no paperwork for you to worry about.

Convert your existing 2.2l diesel engine

If your Defender runs on a 2.2l diesel engine, give us a week, and one of our expert technicians will install a modern emissions controller to your vehicle. We also complete and send off all the paperwork, so your ULEZ conformity certificate comes directly to you.

All we ask is you commit to a ramp inspection so we can make sure your car is mechanically sound. We do this before we touch any vehicle.

Cost: £8, 300 + VAT

Free ramp inspection included

Upgrade to the Twisted ULEZ compliant 2.3l petrol engine from £38,000 +VAT.

Undoubtedly the best option for the Defender purist because the Twisted 2.3l petrol powertrain feels like the much-loved TD5 but on steroids. The team in Thirsk say the 2.3l’s raw power is great fun – it’s the drivetrain that makes them smile every time they drive one.

Cost: £38,000 +VAT

Note: We strongly recommend upgrading to Twisted brakes and suspension systems simultaneously with the engine upgrade to ensure your car is the best it can be.

Upgrade to the Twisted ULEZ compliant TV8 petrol engine from £68,000 +VAT.

You read that right, a ULEZ free V8 Land Rover classic Defender

The latest generation small block V8 has a split personality. It oozes refinement and sophistication, is easy to drive and sits happily at low speed. However, put your foot down and you’ll unleash a 480-horsepower beast mode.

Cost: £68,000 +VAT

Note: A fully upgraded driveline and additional chassis bracing are included in the build. You would also need our progressive suspension and performance brake kit if not already fitted to your Defender. After all, we wouldn’t put that much power in your car without ensuring the mechanical support components could keep up with it. Plus, it still needs to feel like a Defender, right?

There is one final option. Make your Classic Defender fully electric.

Built from the ground up, this is an electric conversion without compromise for the Classic Defender. It delivers the authentic Defender driving experience and retains all its key components, including high and low-range transfer box, differential lock and the traditional handbrake.

Weight is distributed evenly and paired with bespoke suspension – this gives superb handling to compliment the performance available through various driving modes. These are switchable while on the move and allow either range extension or maximum performance and use active regeneration to assist further.

It’s a genuine Defender driving experience with zero emissions.

  • Twisted TVE
  • 61 kWh fully electric
  • 268HP & 1200NM torque
  • Liquid-cooled & heated battery system
  • Sport, Eco & Off Road modes
  • 120+ miles of range
  • 3-hour full charge at 22kw station
  • ULEZ compliant

Cost: £68,000 +VAT

Contact us on 01845 574990 or info@twistedautomotive.com to chat about your options. We can even arrange to meet you at our Kensington Mews space, where our Yorkshire welcome is as warm as the Yorkshire brew that awaits you. 

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