Blacked out Defender V8 gets some James Bond touches
Blue brake calipers meant to remind you of Daniel Craig’s glinty stare?
Land Rover is embracing that the latest James Bond film is finally near release by unveiling a special edition of the Land Rover Defender. Just 300 will be created based on the new V8 Defender, with a spec chosen inspired by the Defender models that will be on screen in No Time to Die.
Starting with the new 518 hp Defender V8 model, the Bond Edition will be offered in four-door 110 or two-door 90 versions. The paintwork is black and the package includes the Extended Black Pack which means all of the trim is black as well. The 22-inch alloys are finished in gloss black, but tucked inside are brilliant Xenon Blue front brake calipers giving the Defender a touch of brightness. Did Land Rover pick the colour to match the eye colour of Daniel Craig, making his final appearance as 007? They didn’t say, but it seems like a nice touch.
License to Drive puns aside, the Bond Rover will also come with a Defender 007 badge on the boot as well as a massive 007 puddle lamp. Illuminated tread plates and an exclusive One of 300 etching will come with the Defender, as will an SV Bespoke badge.
Buyers of the Bondfender will also get an exclusive startup animation for the infotainment system. Land Rover didn’t show it, just a Defender 007 splash screen, and we’re hoping there is much more to it than that. There are some suspension changes here, including new spring and damper rates as well as new transmission tuning.
Expect these Rovers, Land Rovers, to disappear more quickly than Bond’s companion in the first act.