When we think of James Bond’s cars, the first ones that come to mind would usually be an Aston Martin, or some other equally fast cars. However, the Land Rovers have also had a long history with Mr. Bond, with the all-new Land Rover Defender in particular playing a significant role in the upcoming Bond film “No Time to Die“.
So as a celebration to its participation in the new 007 movie, Land Rover has unveiled a new special edition Defender, inspired by the world’s most famous spy.
Limited to just 300 units, the Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition will be available as either a Defender 110 or 90, and will feature the same looks as the ones that appear on the film. These include a stealthy all-black exterior thanks to the Extended Black Pack with 22-inch Luna Gloss Black alloy wheels, paired to Xenon Blue front brake calipers and a ‘Defender 007’ badge at the rear.
The 007 theme also extends into the interior, with a specially developed start-up animation on the infotainment system that honours Land Rover’s long partnership with the James Bond franchise.
There’s also a special laser-etched detailing on the interior that reads “one of 300”, alongside the SV Bespoke logo, but the true spectacle is when you open the door and see the 007 puddle lights on the floor, alongside the illuminated Defender 007 door sill plates.
“The Land Rover Defender V8 Bond Edition is an exclusive take on the most powerful production Defender ever made, inspired by vehicles on screen in No Time To Die,” said Land Rover Brand Director, Finbar McFall. “It represents a meeting of two great British brands and is a unique celebration of Land Rover’s 38-year association with James Bond.”
As the name suggests, the new Bond Edition is based on the recently launched Defender V8, featuring a 5.0-litre supercharged mill that’s good for 525 hp and 625 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all wheels via and eight-speed automatic transmission, which translates to a 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.2 seconds, onward to a top speed of 240 km/h.
The stealthy Land Rover Defender will appear in the film alongside two Range Rover Sport SVRs, as well as a Range Rover Classic and Land Rover Series III, when it reaches cinema screens worldwide from September 30, 2021.