Within moments of Land Rover issuing its latest press release today, I had a new desktop wallpaper. It features three vehicles that we're told will do battle in the next James Bond film, SPECTRE. On the left, a black Range Rover Sport SVR with a flippin’ awesome light bar; on the right, a mean-looking ‘Big Foot’ Defender (also in black) with vast 37in tyres and potentially intriguing suspension; and in the middle of this most spine-tingling of sandwiches, Jag’s stunning C-X75 concept hypercar, the one everyone thought was past history. I am pathetically excited about all this.
After all, it wouldn’t be a proper Bond film if it didn’t feature Land Rovers being driven in anger. Who could forget the 110 double cab being thrashed in the opening sequence of Skyfall, or the Italian Carabinieri Defender 90 that comes a cropper at the beginning of Quantum of Solace, or Timothy Dalton wrestling with a dastardly villain in the cab of a Series III as it plummets, in flames, down the rock of Gibraltar…
Can't wait for SPECTRE. More info here.
On Peak Form
It’s snowy in the Peak District. I know, cos I was there over the weekend with LRO’s Disco 1, hiking with some friends around Kinder Scout and the Ladybower Reservoir. The views were stunning, the hills submerged in a thick blanket of snow that shone in the clear sunlight from one horizon to the next. It made for excellent walking, but steady driving: although the main roads were clear, having all-terrain capability was welcome in some car parks and tight spaces, where large drifts of frozen snow were obstacles to lesser vehicles. Gotta love that Disco. Whatever you’re driving though, be careful – the roads are extremely slippy in places.
Real World Test
I’ll be blatting up the A1 again later this week to put another Land Rover through its paces. LRO’s Real World Test, which appears in every issue of LRO, involves pitching a Land Rover against a set 380-mile route from Stamford (near Peterborough) to the Yorkshire Dales and back, and includes everything from motorways and A roads to greenlanes and a rush-hour city crawl. One of the objectives is to generate an accurate combined mpg figure. Turn to the back of the current March 2015 issue to see how Mike got on with an SD4 Evoque.