What happens when you take an off-road vehicle known for its affordable and easy approach to life and make it very expensive and more complicated?
Simple – you get a Suzuki Jimny Twisted.
Twisted is best known for restoring Land Rover Defenders, but recently it has turned its attention to the Jimny. Announced in April, the first restored Suzuki is now ready for public use.
On the inside, the standard cloth trim has been replaced with two-tone leather. The seats are finished with a quilted effect, while all key touch points are finished in expensive-looking hide – even the floor mats have been refinished.
The standard air conditioning controls are now padded, while the headliner can be characterized with an Alcantara finish.
Underneath the skin, there’s a deadening extra sound in the hand to increase smoothness while moving.
Suzuki’s stock infotainment system has been replaced with an Alpine unit, and the audio system has been reworked to pack more punch.
On the outside, the car has been treated to a new set of 16-inch alloy wheels, smoke lights, and a roof rack with a built-in light bar. The front bumper is a unique unit with support for a winch.
There are new gas shock absorbers, along with a rear anti-roll bar as part of the Twisted handling pack – a one-inch lift kit is optional on the conversion.
Twisted even paid attention to the Jimny engine. You can drive the 1.5 liter engine with a turbocharger for 123kW of power, up from the stock 75kW.
All this extra kit doesn’t come cheap. In the UK, the Twisted Jimny you see here sells for the equivalent of $90,000 – similar money to a new Jeep Wrangler in Australia.
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