It's inspired by the custom model in 'No Time to Die.'
With the long-delayed theatrical release of the 25th James Bond film 'No Time to Die' now just over a month away, the promotional campaign for the new spy flick is switching into high gear. To celebrate the DB5's appearance in the film, Aston Martin recently built a life-size diecast replica of the original 1965 Corgi DB5, complete with working gadgets. Now, Land Rover is celebrating the Defender appearing in 'No Time to Die' with a new special-edition model inspired by the custom off-roaders that were built for the film.
Dubbed the Defender V8 Bond Edition, the special-edition SUV features a blacked-out exterior and 22-inch gloss black wheels, giving the SUV a suitably mean look that will make you feel like a Bond villain behind the wheel.
Other bespoke touches include a unique 'Defender 007' rear badge, '007' puddle lamp, illuminated '007' treadplates, and unique animation on the 11.4-inch touchscreen highlighting Land Rover's long-running 38-year partnership with the James Bond franchise. In addition to the Defender, two Range Rover Sport SVRs (one of which gets destroyed in a spectacular rollover stunt), a Range Rover Classic, and a Land Rover Series III will appear in 'No Time to Die.'
Based on the new Defender V8, the Bond Edition is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged engine producing 518 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 mph takes just 4.9 seconds before the Defender V8 Bond Edition tops out at 149 mph. "The 2022 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 Finbar McFall, Land Rover Brand Director.
"It represents a meeting of two great British brands and is a unique celebration of Land Rover's 38-year association with James Bond," he added.
Production will be limited to just 300 units. This exclusivity means the special-edition SUV isn't cheap. In the UK, pricing for the Defender V8 Bond Edition starts at £105,395 ($145,287) for the 90 and £108,040 ($148,933) for the 110. If you can't afford it, you'll be able to see the custom Defender in action chasing down Bond in a Toyota Land Cruiser when 'No Time to Die' opens in theaters on October 8th.