The made-to-order Defender for James Bond fans

It's not cheap
by Ollie Kew | Sep 7, 2019
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There’s a new Land Rover Defender coming out very soon. Hadn’t you heard? There’s also a new James Bond film being made. It’s called No Time to Die. But what if you hate all-new things? Perhaps you’d prefer a tuned-but-old Land Rover Defender as seen in the last 007 film, Spectre?

Then you’ll want to give Himalaya a call. On the other end of the line in Charleston, South Carolina, the company wi set to work turning a UK-imported crew-cab and reinforced frame into this ultimate Spectre tribute.

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Now, it’s not cheap. Custom builds start at $165,000 (around P8.6 million), and for a full-blown Bond-ified example, you’re talking a cool $250,000 (almost P13 million). So, you’ll be hoping for a bit more than just a pickup Defender with some big ol’ balloon tires underneath.

To be fair, you get a lot more than just marshmallow wheels. The 37-inch Toyo all-terrain rubber is accommodated by a four-inch lift supported by reinforced adjustable suspension. The brakes are beefier, with a Wilwood system as standard and Brembo brakes soon on the option list. And you get a rebuilt GM six-speed automatic gearbox thrown in.

No manual? Well you’ll prefer to keep both hands on the wheel when you consider the engine of choice: a 6.2-liter Chevrolet LS3 V8 developing 525hp and 670Nm. Not enough? Have it supercharged instead. Too much? There’s also a 2.8-liter diesel for caring, eco-minded-but-dastardly Bond-nemesis types. And a roll cage inside for when 007 wins the day by punting you into a ravine.

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Now, we’re not saying Himalaya is having a cheeky pop at Land Rover’s build quality, but listen to this: “The bodywork is where the Himalaya Spectre really excels. Because the company starts with an all-new frame that is precision-manufactured to be perfectly square, body-panel tolerances can be made significantly more consistent than original factory.

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“Himalaya goes the extra step of designing and manufacturing their own handles, latches, and catches to exude the highest quality. Liberal amounts of Dynamat sound-deadening insulation and improved door sealing were also used to further assist in providing a more comfortable cabin experience.”

So basically, as well as turning your Defender into a V8 monster truck, Himalaya has also sorted out the shoddy panel fit. So it won’t leak. Hopefully, the all-new Defender won’t leak this time, either. Stay tuned to see which you prefer...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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