This special Land Rover Defender Bond is ready to rally

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There’s nothing quite like the all-new Land Rover Defender. Succeeding the original Defender of yesteryear, the 4×4 SUV now boasts modern features, new premium cabin amenities and a choice of mild-hybrid turbocharged engines, torquey turbo-diesel powertrains and a hefty V8 supercharged.

While he’s known for taking the roads less traveled with ease, he’s not exactly known for rally racing…until now. Land Rover will field a Defender 90 in the North Wales leg of the 2022 Bowler Defender Challenge.

Three-time British Rally Champion and Bond stuntman Mark Higgins is ready to drive the rally-prepared Defender 90. The rally/stunt driver has been behind the wheel of four James Bond films – Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Specter and No Time To Die. Higgins will be joined by co-driver Claire Williams.

The competition-ready Defender is based on a current 90 series and is powered by the P300 Ingenium engine. It is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque. To ensure the powertrain can endure the grueling rally stage, it has been fitted with an improved cooling system for the engine and transmission.

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It also comes with a sports exhaust, a new rear roof spoiler, a full roll cage, 18-inch Bowler wheels wrapped in off-road tires and a bespoke suspension with modified subframes and new springs for a stiffer ride.

A unique feature of this rally Defender 90 is its black and gold Bond livery with the iconic ‘007’ logo. Seen on the doors, tailgate and roof, the special wrap commemorates the 60and anniversary of James Bond films – starting with the 1962 film ‘Dr. No’.

This special Land Rover Defender Bond is ready to rally the picture

“The new Defender is a tough and capable vehicle when it rolls off the production line and I saw it perform some really tough stunts on the set of No Time To Die. and with Claire by my side, we are confident we can achieve a great outcome,” Higgins said.

This special Land Rover Defender Bond is ready to rally the picture

With the North Wales Rally due to take place in just a few days, we hope the Defender will be well shaken on March 26.

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