You’ve probably heard what an impressive animal the new Range Rover Sport has turned out to be. Regular Top Gear watchers will have witnessed the 503hp supercharged Sport matching the lap time of a Mini Cooper S Works around Donnington race track, accompanied by some deliciously dirty noises from that raucous exhaust system. Quite a beast then.
But hold onto your horses. LRO’s Jerry Thurston has discovered a spectacular Defender 110 that makes the Sport seem rather mild mannered. It’s the latest creation from Yorkshire-based Twisted Performance, and it’s seriously fast. Powered by a 6.2-litre Chevy V8, this tarmac burner churns out more torque and more horsepower than the new supercharged Sport. And even though it’s a Defender, you can throw it into the corners and it’ll reward you with some exciting but controllable four-wheel drifts.
That’s because there are brains behind the brawn. Propping up the chassis is some hardcore engineering that keeps the whole machine planted as it blasts around Bruntingthorpe’s circuit for the latest issue of LRO. Massive brakes, heavily modified transmission, a fuel tank from an ocean liner and some ice-cool styling upgrades complete the package.
For the full story and all the tech specs, see pages 6 to 12 of the September issue of LRO, on sale now.