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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.

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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-V8The 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

Twisted NA-V8

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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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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

Honda

Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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