Bond – James Bond. That name has an iconic ring to it, making people of all ages think about some suave debonair dressed in a tailored suit using the coolest gadgets and a seemingly bottomless bank account to thwart the plans of international criminals and spies. The latest installment of James Bond, Spectre, will be the series’ 24th movie since its beginnings in 1962.

Of course a Bond movie wouldn’t be complete without a full cast of awesome vehicles. That’s where this comes in: the Land Rover Defender.

Dressed to impress just like Bond, the Defender comes packing several modifications that make this movie car perform perilous stunts without breaking a sweat – or suspension bits. Not only does the Defender fill the role of a manly off-roader for the movie, the movie helps pay tribute to the legendary Defender before Land Rover ends production its in the coming months.

Yes, sadly, the current 2015 Land Rover Defender will be retired thanks to tightening emissions and safety standards. When, exactly, production will end is still undecided by Land Rover brass. The date has already been extended once with rumors of another extension. Either way, the Defender – at least in its current form – isn’t long for this world.

Nevertheless, the Defender remains an awesome off-roader worth of a spot in James Bond history. Let’s check all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Defender Spectre Stunt Car.

  • 2015 Land Rover Defender Spectre Stunt Car
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    120
  • Torque @ RPM:
    265
  • Energy:
    turbodiesel
  • Displacement:
    2.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    14.7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    90 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, 4WD w/ Low Range
  • Price:
    100000 (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Starting with the Double Cab Pickup configuration, movie creators turned the standard Defender into a beastly machine. Massive 37-inch Maxxis Trepador tires mounted on bead lock wheels were added for unmatched off-road prowess. Covering those tires are wide fender extensions. A step bar is mounted between the tires, making it easier to hop inside.

A body-mounted roof rack provides extra storage and a great mounting point for four LED off-road lights. An engine snorkel keeps high water from entering the intake.

At the front, a Land Rover brush guard and winch mount holds an electric winch rated to pull 10,000 pounds. A hemp towrope adds character as well. Beyond that, the Defender is pretty much stock.

Interior

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Note: 2015 Land Rover Defender Heritage interior shown.

There is no news on upgrades or changes to this Defender’s interior. That means the Defender has its spartan furnishings and old-school dashboard. The large steering wheel does not have an airbag, but rather a soft-touch pad. The HVAC system uses the traditional sliders that manually control airflow. The radio head unit is an aftermarket piece that looks as if it can be purchases at the local electronics store. The drivetrain controls are also manual, including the transmission, transfer case, and parking brake. It doesn’t get any more straightforward that this.

Drivetrain

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Speaking of the drivetrain, standard Defenders are powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 120 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is the only choice, as is the manually operated, two-speed transfer case.

With a top speed of 90 mph and a 14.7-second run to 60 mph, the Defender is no Nürburgring runner. Those stats solidify the Defender’s main focus as a dedicated off-roader.

Conclusion

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The Land Rover Defender, especially decked out in its James Bond movie garb, is a formidable beast that commands attention. It’s awesome the classic SUV is getting a send-off thanks to the Bond movie franchise – and knowing how good the last few movies have been, the send-off will likely be a great one.

Defender fans can expect Land Rover to develop a new Defender – one that is worthy of the name yet compliant with future crash and emissions standards. Hopefully Land Rover will also offer the vehicle in the U.S., where it can go toe to toe with the Jeep Wrangler. Just don’t expect the two to compete at the same price point.

In the mean time, be sure to catch Spectre on the silver screen. It hits U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015.

  • Leave it
    • Likely uses the stock drivetrain
    • A one-off build
    • At the end of its production cycle

Press Release

Tonight, Jaguar Land Rover celebrated their vehicles appearing in the new Bond adventure, SPECTRE. Cars, including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and the iconic Land Rover Defender, stole the show as they were unveiled in public for the first time at the palatial Thurn und Taxis in Frankfurt.

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Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and David Bautista (Hinx) were guests of honour at the glamorous event showcasing special stunt vehicles used in the latest instalment of the James Bond series. Guests were entertained by British singer and musician John Newman, who performed a number of top ten hits from his album.

SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, sees the Jaguar C-X75 drive through the moonlit streets of Rome in one of the movie’s most iconic high speed chase scenes. Driven by Hinx, played by David Bautista, the C-X75 supercar, named the most advanced Jaguar ever created, was provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in collaboration with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering headquarters in Oxfordshire, England.

SVO was created in June 2014 to focus on meeting the increasing expectations of today’s most discerning and enthusiastic Jaguar and Land Rover customers. Working on the development of high performance versions of existing models, luxury bespoke commissions and limited run collector editions, it represents the very pinnacle of the two iconic brands.

Specially modified Land Rover Defenders and the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever, the Range Rover Sport SVR also star in major action sequences shot in Austria. The highly capable Defenders were constructed by the JLR Special Operations division with huge 37-inch diameter off-road tyres and enhanced body protection to tackle the challenging terrain of the snow-covered mountain roads used for filming.

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Actor David Bautista said, “To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car that will go down in movie history.”

Naomie Harris, who will reprise the role of Moneypenny in SPECTRE said: “I made my Bond debut in the Defender, and I have so many fond memories shooting that sequence in Turkey. It’s such a special franchise to be a part of, and I’m thrilled to be here in Frankfurt with the Jaguar Land Rover team”.

Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, John Edwards, said: "For Jaguar Land Rover to once again be a part of the iconic vehicle line ups in one of the most celebrated film franchises in the world represents a proud moment for us. It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase production and concept cars alike and we look forward to continuing this relationship well into the future.”

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Fans around the world will be treated to a host of exclusive behind the scenes SPECTRE content on Jaguar and Land Rover’s social channels and brand new websites, including special access to unseen footage and interviews with the design, SVO and stunt teams as well as a stunning 360 dynamic walk-around of the Jaguar C-X75.

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