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Land Rover Defender Rally Special celebrates 60 years of Agent 007 | Digital Trends Spanish

This year marks six decades since the premiere of dr no, a fact that marked the beginning of the famous series of James Bond films, the agent 007 of the British secret service. Jaguar Land Rover, whose vehicles frequently appear in these films, will not miss the occasion, announcing that it will compete in the North Wales stage of the Bowler Defender Challenge 2022 rally with a Defender 90 that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the franchise. . The truck will be known as the Land Rover Defender 90 Rally Special.

To further link the event to the 007 anniversary, the vehicle will be piloted by Mark Higgins, who has not only been a three-time British rally champion, but has also worked as a stuntman in action scenes in the last four James Bond films: Quantum of Solace, sky fall, Specter and No Time to Die.

The Bowler Defender Challenge is a 12-team Land Rover car competition that functions as a feeder event for global cross-country rally competitions such as the Dakar Rally. Bowler Manufacturing is a company that has specialized in modifying Land Rover vehicles for rally competition since 1985, which was acquired by Jaguar Land Rover in 2019.

The Defender 90 has a black body decorated with the names of all the James Bond movies painted in gold on the hood and tailgate, while the roof and doors are decorated with huge gold signs with a “60” and the numbers 007 overlaid in black.

The Defender 90’s powertrain is Jaguar Land Rover’s P300 Ingenium engine, which makes 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The truck features modifications necessary for rally competition, including improved cooling for the engine and transmission, a sport exhaust, a full roll cage and a rear roof spoiler.

The car also benefits from an upgraded suspension that includes modified subframes and new springs, rides on beefed-up 18-inch Bowler wheels wrapped in off-road tires, and features Bowler-made competition seats.

The current generation of the Land Rover Defender made its first film appearance in No Time To Die (2021), whose premiere was repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic, so his appearance in the film did not lead to the revelation that had originally been planned. However, to celebrate the occasion the company produced 300 units of the Defender V8 Bond Edition, some of which were marketed in the United States with a starting price of $114,600.

Apparently, Land Rover does not plan to sell units of the Defender 90 Rally Special to the public.

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