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Old 11-20-2002, 22:43   #1 (permalink)
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Limited Edition 007 Thunderbird Available Spring 2003

Next spring, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, will be selling approximately 60 Limited Edition "007" Ford Thunderbirds to commemorate the first appearance of a Thunderbird in the 40-year history of the James Bond film franchise.

The 007 edition will have a unique white leather interior and a distinctive Coral paint scheme to match the Thunderbird driven in the Bond film, Die Another Day, by Academy Award®-winning actress Halle Berry. The Coral paint – similar to the Sunset Coral hue offered on the 1956 Thunderbird – also matches the bikini Berry wears in her role as Jinx.

"For the 007 Thunderbird, we knew we needed to develop a vehicle that would fit Halle Berry’s character of Jinx and generate buzz for the dealers and enthusiasts," said Peter Jansen, Thunderbird brand manager at Ford of Canada. "The 007 Thunderbird carries the James Bond mystique throughout its exterior and interior, creating an exclusive package fitting for any James Bond fan."

Like all 2003 Thunderbirds, the 007 edition also will feature a number of performance enhancements, including:


New variable intake camshaft timing for the 3.9-litre DOHC V-8, which helps boost horsepower from 252 hp to 280 hp while simultaneously improving fuel economy.
Electronic throttle control for improved powertrain response and refinement.
A SelectShift five-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted like a manual transmission, but without a clutch.

Design

The Limited Edition 007 Thunderbird stands out from other 2003 Thunderbirds with its Coral body finish and a Performance White removable top, and chrome 21-spoke, 17-inch wheels match the A-pillar and trim accents.

A new Performance White interior package includes full leather solid white seats, and white-trimmed lower door panels and speaker covers. An understated 007 badge will be placed over the glove box, and Thunderbird insignias are located on the seat backs. Each vehicle also will feature a numbered commemorative plaque mounted inside the glove box. The steering wheel and shift knob will be trimmed in Black Ink leather.

"The 007 Thunderbird is meant to telegraph the personality of Thunderbird and Halle Berry’s character Jinx: cool, confident, very elegant, with a sense of humour,"said Jansen.

Die Another Day features other Ford Motor Company products in starring roles: Brosnan’s Bond drives an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish and the villain, Rick Yune’s Zao, is in a Jaguar XKR.
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