This week, Jaguar Land Rover officially announced its level of involvement with the new James Bond film Spectre, and if the cars are any indicator, then this could be a Bond film for the ages. The vehicles — a Jaguar C-X75, a Range Rover Sport SVR, and a Land Rover Defender Big Foot — will be featured alongside the Aston Martin DB10 concept car, making the film a showcase for the best cars England has to offer, as well as some of the best you can’t buy.
Living up to the “It’s good to be bad” marketing campaign, Jaguar has stolen some of Aston Martin’s thunder by confirming that the cancelled C-X75 supercar has been revived as the yet-unnamed Bond villain’s ride of choice. While use of the C-X75 was leaked a few weeks ago, the official press release promises that “The Jaguar C-X75 will feature in a spectacular car chase sequence through Rome” with James Bond’s Aston Martin. Given that Bond films have long been a showcase for some of the world’s most exclusive cars, Spectre is the first film in which most of the cars involved are not actually for sale to the public.
The C-X75 was Jaguar’s $1 million supercar set to go into production in 2013. With carbon fiber construction, advanced aerodynamics, and an inline-four mated to two electric motors for a combined 890 horsepower, the C-X75 was set to compete against the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918. Unfortunately, the Jag supercar wasn’t to be. Only five roadworthy cars were built before the project was declared a financial liability by the company and axed in 2012.
Like the planned road car, the C-X75s used in the film were prepared by Williams Advanced Engineering, a company best known for its Formula One racing team. With a slogan like “We are a world-class engineering company who happen to go racing,” the C-X75 should prove to be a worthy adversary to Bond’s DB10. Enthusiasts are hoping the renewed interest in the car, along with its status as “the greatest car never made,” are signs that Jaguar may be reconsidering the C-X75. While that still seems unlikely, at least we’ll get to see what the car can do on the big screen.
Backing up the Jag are some seriously formidable SUVs. The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful truck ever built by the company. Unlike most off-road-capable SUVs, the Sport SVR was tested at the Nürburgring and has a 550 horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 under the hood. Of the four cars confirmed for the film, the SVR is the only one for sale to the public, but its $110,475 starting price ensures that it will keep an elite status befitting a Bond car.
Land Rover is also providing some of the most capable off-roading trucks it has ever built with the Defender Big Foot. With massive 37-inch-diameter wheels, a transmission geared for rock crawling, intake snorkel, and an interior roll cage, the Big Foot is a near-unstoppable off-roader. Built by the brand’s Special Operation division, each truck began life as a standard Defender 110, but after around $75,000 of modifications, the truck is transformed into a Big Foot. Before Spectre, Land Rover had built only two trucks for use as company-owned support vehicles, and despite its new status as star cars, the company has no plans of offering the Big Foot to the public.
Like Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover is betting that its participation in Spectre will translate to an increased interest in the brands and stronger sales. With this high-profile announcement (especially the prominent use of the C-X75), gearheads and Bond fans alike are clamoring for more, and Spectre is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated Bond films in years. We don’t know much about how these cars will be used yet, but we do know that at least one Land Rover met its untimely end shooting a scene in Austria.
Compared to the C-X75, Bond’s Aston Martin is rumored to use the 4.7-liter V8 from a production Vantage. If that’s the case, then the DB10 should have a similar 420 horsepower, and a zero to 60 time of under 5 seconds. While that would make it plenty quick, its no match for the mighty Jag, or even the Range Rover, for that matter. James Bond is a man who doesn’t like to lose, and with Spectre not due until November, we’ll have to imagine how that chase scene through Rome plays out. All we know is that with cars like these, it’ll be epic.
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