Spectre is not about the Aston, it's about the Jag
Sorry Bond fans, Jaguar Land Rover didn’t get the memo; the DB10 plays second fiddle as the C-X75 steals the show.James Reynolds November 4, 2015
It’s a traditional pattern in action films that the good guy gets the best vehicles on set. It’s all part of being ‘the man’.
No truer is that the case than with James Bond’s famed list of Aston Martins. But something strange seems to have happened with the new film Spectre, the latest Bond flick.
While 007 has an undeniably epic set of wheels, the purpose made DB10, the villain’s entourage boasts some of Jaguar Land Rover’s finest models, most notably the Jaguar C-X75 hypercar.
The James Bond franchise and Jaguar (like Aston Martin) have history working together, dating back to 2002’s Die Another Day, with the villain Zao driving the modified Jaguar XKR.
More recent films such as Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace starred the Jaguar XJ8 in the baddies’ garage, with British intelligence using the Jaguar XJ, most notably as M’s official car in Skyfall.
In Spectre that relationship continues. But – and whisper it quietly – unlike those previous examples, the baddy fleet here leaves Bond and his new Aston in the shade.
Let’s start with the C-X75.
- Engine: 1.6-litre, four cylinder, duel-boosted (supercharged and turbocharged) and two electric motors
- Power: 850bhp @ 10,000rpm
- Torque: 1000Nm
- 0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds
- Top Speed: 330km/h
Much of Spectre’s motoring hype has been about Aston’s DB10, with all 10 models made entirely for the film. Director Sam Mendes apparently wanted it to be the poster car for every boy watching a Bond film for the first time. Jaguar obviously didn’t get that memo. On looks alone, it is the C-X75 that will be stuck up on teenagers’ bedroom walls, if they still do such a thing.
The Jag is sharper, edgier and more dangerous looking than the ultra-smooth and contoured chassis of the DB10. Sure, the Aston will appeal to the Bond purists and those no longer combatting acne, but for pure excitement and thrill factor looks, the C-X75 occupies that headboard space.
The hybrid supercar first appeared as a concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2010, and was originally bracketed in the same stables as the Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
The concept was then shelved for five years before Spectre brought it back to life, with help from Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Williams Formula One team. As such, Williams' F1 driver Felipe Massa gave it a test drive in this video below.
Mr. Hinx, played by former professional wrestler, David Bautista, occupies the C-X75 in the film, with a notable high-speed pursuit through the streets of Rome, hunting the DB10 down.
It's almost sacrilege to say an Aston Martin is the second best car in a Bond film. But - now bear with us - what if it isn't even that? Because it isn't just the C-X75 that Jaguar Land Rover has thrown into the mix. There's also two monster 4x4s.
Range Rover Sport SVR
- Engine: 5,000cc supercharged V8 petrol engine
- Power: 542bhp @ 6,000rpm
- Torque: 680Nm
- 0-100 km/h: 4.7 seconds
- Top speed: 260 km/h
The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest 4x4 in the world. You might remember this video of it racing around the Nürburgring last year, most notably for its epic sound.
Of course we are not comparing a 4x4 to an Aston Martin in any performance or style brackets. But there is actually a chance of owning a Sport SVR, rather than the DB10 that will never see a showroom’s forecourt. The SVR is actually achievable.
Rangies have also been used in The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall, mainly as British intelligence. But set on an Austrian mountain, the SVR’s appearance might become the most memorable of the lot.
It’s not alone either.
It's little (or maybe that should be big?) brother the Land Rover Defender Bigfoot makes its own cameo.
The all-terrain Land Rover fits the Bond bill perfectly. Its bulky frame as it crashes through the mountainside is nothing if not dominant; with it’s 37-inch off-road tyres, bespoke suspension and enhanced body protection.
Although the high speed chase between the Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75 is the car scene Bond fans will be anticipating, be sure to keep an eye out for these monsters in the Austrian Alps chase scene, where the cars come to life and demonstrate just how boundless they are.
Can 007's trusty Aston match up to the bad guys' Jaguar Land Rover fleet? Sorry Bond, but we're going with Jaguar's motto on this one: it's good to be bad.