With only a few months to go before production of the current Defender ceases forever, JLR has unveiled what some will consider the ultimate incarnation of “the best 4×4 by far”.
Created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) as a feature vehicle in Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, the SVO Defender is a beast.
Based on the rare 110 Dual Cab ute version of the current Defender, the SVO rides high on 37 inch mud terrain tyres, covered by massive non-factory wheel-arch flares. The factory front bar is fitted with a Warn winch and black chequerplate protects the tops of the front guards. A full external safety cage, fitted with a roof rack and LED lighting round out the beefed up look.
The good news for Defender owners is that most of these mods have been available for a long time and can be fitted to any Defender built over the last 20 years or so. In that regard it’s nothing new, but seeing JLR add it all to one of the last Defenders and wrap it all in black isn’t uncool.
The JLR press spiel was light on details regarding what lies under the bonnet. If it’s factory stock then it will be a 2.2 litre Duratorq TDCi engine. If not then it could anything from the 3.2 five-cylinder version of the same engine or any number of V8 petrol powered possibilities.
We aren’t sure about the rope and hope that it isn’t scratching the paint. The cynics of course will assume it is there for towing in the event of a breakdown.
Spectre the movie will be released worldwide from October.