- Land Rover Defender dons a black and gold livery to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film.
- In addition to the commemorative design, this Defender 90 also features improved suspension and a fully integrated anti-roll bar.
- This unique Defender was piloted by Mark Higgins – a stuntman in four Bond films – in the 2022 Bowling Defenders Challenge Rally.
The automaker most often associated with James Bond is Aston Martin.However, Land Rover has been in Bond movies for almost 40 years, from octopus 1983 and led to the latest version of no time to die. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the film series, Land Rover has created a unique Defender 90 with a black and gold livery.
Not only did Land Rover make a special version of the Defender so it could overlay 007 graphics and a massive 60 on the doors and roof; the company also modified it for rally use. Improvements include a unique suspension setup with different springs and an improved subframe. The body gets a new rear spoiler, and the 18-inch wheels are wrapped in off-road tires. Inside, the Defender features a fully integrated anti-roll bar for added safety. Under the hood, its standard 296-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is paired with a sports exhaust system. Its engine and transmission also benefit from improved cooling components.
We tested an unmodified Defender with a more powerful powertrain, a 395-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline-six, and a longer 110-pound wheelbase. It sprints to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The quarter mile is done in 14.8 seconds at 94 mph.
Behind this custom Land Rover Defender is Mark Higgins, who has also worked as a stuntman in the past four Bond films, including comfort level, the sky fallsand spectrum. Higgins and his co-driver Claire Williams compete in the 2022 Bowling Backs Challenge Rally on March 26.