James Bond films always have incredible vehicles, most often Aston Martins but sometimes other brands make it into the film. The Land Rover Defender was one such vehicle. Featured in 2015’s Spectre, the blacked-out Defender is available to buyers through South Carolina-based Himalaya.
Based on a crew cab pickup configuration, the Spectre Defender uses body panels and frames sourced from England. The engine, however, is pure American muscle. The 3.9-liter V8 that comes standard with the Defender is swapped out for a GM LS3 mill that beats out 525 horsepower. That engine is paired with a six-speed GM automatic transmission. The Defender also features all-wheel drive. Alternatively, you can elect to get the same vehicle with a Cummins 2.8-liter turbo diesel or get the LS3 with a Whipple supercharger. The steering is also beefed up, this time with parts from a Jeep Wrangler. The brakes are upgraded with Wilwood discs and a Brembo braking system. The Defender also stands a little taller thanks to the four-inch lift courtesy of custom coil springs and Fox Racing remote-reservoir shocks.
To give it a more menacing look, Himalaya outfitted the Spectre Defender with flared wheel arches and roof-mounted lights. The door handles are custom and there’s a retracting power step. Skidplates were added along with a custom rear spare wheel carrier and a large bull bar. There’s also a heavy-duty Warn Zeon 10s winch. For the interior, Himalaya gave the Defender a leather treatment with an alcantara headlinder. They also added in plenty of LED lighting for the interior. A Momo steering wheel couples nicely with a Safety Devices roll cage. Finally, you can play the Spectre soundtrack to full effect on the sound system that has been upgraded with a Kenwood head unit and JL Audio speakers.
While it’s not the customary Aston Martin, Himalaya’s Spectre Defender still makes a pretty impressive Bond vehicle.