It is indeed a matter of great pleasure for a carmaker if its model gets true star tag in any Hollywood flicks and if the movie is James Bond’s latest adventure, it is needless to say, how delightful and breathtaking it is. Well as of now, the opportunity goes in the court of Jaguar Land Rover cars as the 3 models of the auto giant have got the chance to feature in SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond movie. These will include the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot that have been provided by a new business division of JLR, which was put in the region last year.
The scene of the movie that will feature C-X75 will be a car chase sequence through Rome with the Aston Martin DB10- another midlands-made car having its headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The star of the movie - C-X75 in particular has been produced in association with Williams Advanced Engineering facility in Oxfordshire, England. This hybrid car is a perfect blend of jaw-dropping looks, pioneering & environmental friendly technology which is capable of producing massive power output of 850bhp. Until now, this model was due to go into full production with nearly £1million price-tag, but the carmaker stopped the decision due to recession. But now the appearance of the car in Bond movie might make its owners to change their decision. At the time of C-X75 unveiling, the car was said to reach 0-60kmph in less than 3 seconds and was also tagged as having remarkably low fuel consumption with lesser carbon dioxide emissions.
Two other models of JLR- the Defender and Range Rover Sport SVR, which will also make their debut in the movie, have already given needed shots. The scenes that will show heavily modified versions of both these vehicles have been shot in Austria. More facts about the RR SVR suggests that the car is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever. Powered by 550 horse-power 5 litre supercharged petrol engine, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The on-road performance of RR SVR has been enhanced by a re-calibrated Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential along with torque vectoring and the re-tuned stability control. In addition to this, the sportiness of the car is increased with the help of a two-stage exhaust system with electronically controlled valves.
Coming to the highly capable Big Foot, it has been built by the special operation division of the automaker with huge 37-inch diameter off-road tyres to undertake the severe terrain. The car also comes with Warn winch, roof rack, driving lamps, raised air- intake and roll cage. Apart these features, both the cars also sport bespoke suspension systems, special body protection and premium Alcantara interiors.
Delighted by the appearance of JLR models in James Bond flick, John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations stated that it is a stirring partnership for JLR and a chance to showcase the incredible capabilities of its Special operation team. The relation of JLR and Bond movies have been very old and very recently in 2012, the Skyfall flick showcased the rugged Defender 110 Double Cab Pick-Up being driven by field agent Eve Moneypenny. Before it, Jaguar XJ8 and XKR both appeared in 2006’s Casino Royale, while the XKR was also used in 2002’s Die Another Day.
The upcoming Bond movie is directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and is due to release in cinemas in October/ November.