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Twisted NA-V8 is a customizable 4x4 that is available as a wagon, truck, or cabrio

The Twisted NV-V8 has a six-month build time.

Photo courtesy of Twisted

It's no secret that the overlanding and off-roading communities are growing by leaps and bounds. So is the luxury vehicle market. Enter: Twisted.

The Austin, Texas-based company is introducing a lineup of ultra luxury 4x4s to the market this year, each highly customizable. The Twisted NA-V8 comes in a variety of powertrains (including an electric version) and five different body styles. The vehicles are based on a classic Defender body style and hand-built in both the U.K. and U.S.A.

Twisted NV-V8 The NA-V8 is powered by a Chevy engine.Photo courtesy of Twisted

The configurations include NA-V8 110 station wagon and double cab, NA-V8 90 soft top and station wagon, and NV-V8 130 pickup.

Under the hood of most models is a General Motors 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers 455 horsepower. Buyers can upgrade to a five-speed manual transmission and a tuned version of the engine that ups the output to 650 horsepower. Custom tuning is available upon request.

The all-electric version of the SUV is projected to launch later in the year – with pre-orders beginning this month.

The model's suspension and braking system was developed with Alcon, Bilstein and Eibach. It features custom valved dampers, six pot front brakes, four pot rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, antilock brakes, and a traction control system. The model has heavy-duty differentials, drive shafts, and half shafts. Its exhaust delivers a proper rumble.

Twisted NA-V8

Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted has given the NA-V8 a thoroughly modern interior with a infotainment touch screen with navigation, an enhanced splash scree, a custom designed and built eight-channel audio system, electric windows, cruise control, air conditioning, heated and cooled Recaro seats, and a custom center console.

Soundproofing and insulation keep the cabin relatively quiet.

Safety and security features include: a tracker and immobilizer; front and rear facing cameras; and parking spot and blind spot sensors.

Twisted covers each model with a 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available. The GM engine and transmission come with a two-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Twisted is pricing the models to start at $250,000. Each takes approximately six months to build from the time of order. Limited test drives will be available starting this month.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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