Worthy of a Bond villain: Land Rover launches a James Bond-themed all-black Defender special edition

The Land Rover Defender will be seen performing mind-blowing stunts in the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time To Die. In fact, we got to see a behind-the-scenes video last year, which got us all excited. However, the 25th installment in the Bond saga was delayed due to the pandemic. But, the good news is the movie is all set for an October 8 release and Land Rover has introduced a bespoke version of the Defender to celebrate the collaboration with the movie franchise. The Defender V8 Bond Edition has been created by the British marque’s in-house customization arm, the SVO department, and gets a Bond villain-esque blacked-out appearance.

The 007-inspired SUV is based on the four-door Defender 110. It’s finished in a sinister-looking gloss black shade. The special edition Defender also features Black Pack detailing, which includes a set of 22-inch gloss black wheels, Xenon Blue front brake calipers, and blacked-out skid pans and wheel arches. It also gets special Defender 007 badging and 007 puddle lamps. The cabin also matches the dark theme of the SUV and is decked out in all-black upholstery. Special Bond badges are accompanied by a 007 splash screen for the infotainment system.

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Under the hood is the automaker’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 518hp, making it the most powerful Defender ever. Land Rover says the SUV can sprint from 0-60mph in about 5 seconds. Sadly, the Bond Edition doesn’t come with machine guns and cool gadgets one my expect from a Bond-themed car. “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. Limited to just 300 examples, the Defender V8 Bond Edition has a starting price of $114,600.

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