The New Jag XK 007
The New Jag XK 007
Here is a world exclusive picture to leave you shaken and stirred! Just a week after revealing spy shots from one legendary British car maker – Bentley – we're the first to bring you details of another amazing scene-stealer.
The name's XK8, Jaguar XK8... and this dramatic picture shows a special-edition model taking part in an adrenaline-pumping chase scene from the eagerly awaited next James Bond movie. The car is hugely significant because it points the way to the facelifted version, which is due later in the year.
There's also a tantalising first glimpse of the car that 007 will be driving in the film. After a succession of BMWs, Bond is back in an Aston Martin, and this V12 Vanquish should ensure he can outrun his enemies. Shot on a frozen glacial lagoon at Jokulsar-lon, in the remote wastelands of south-east Iceland, the footage will make up only four to five minutes of the finished movie, which is to be called Die Another Day.
The £70million project is released in the autumn, and by that time a new, facelifted XK8 will be on sale. That meant Jag-uar bosses – committed to the film because of the lucrative deal struck between Ford's Premier Automotive Group (PAG) and the producers – wanted to change the look of the film car rather than show the current model. And that's our best clue yet as to how the next XK will look.
Our pictures reveal revised air intakes, neater light clusters and new alloys. Under the bonnet, the new car will be given a 4.2-litre version of the company's V8 engine coupled to a six-speed gearbox and, in the flagship XKR model, a supercharger.
Sadly, the machine gun and rollover hoops fitted won't be available! Also reserved for Bond's arch-enemy is the amazing green colour. The film's technical team blended the regular paint with pure gold – at a cost of almost £2,000 per litre – to coat the car.
But that's not the only modification. Because the chase scene – during which the Vanquish is bombarded with machine gun fire – was filmed on a frozen lake, the XK bodyshell has been fitted on to a shortened Ford Explorer chassis to boost grip. Six specially adapted cars were created be-cause of fears they could be damaged if the ice broke.
The world's favourite spy is going back to his roots with the Aston Martin, after famously driving a DB5 in the 1964 film Gold-finger. It was announced that Bond would drive a Vanquish in August last year, but the multi-million tie-up with PAG means the film's baddies don't just have the XK in their arsenal. Arch-villain Zao – played by American actor Rick Yune – is reported to have a heavily armoured Range Rover and a Volvo S80 at his disposal.
That pairing – plus the other four-wheeled stars of the show – should ensure that 007 will certainly have a licence to thrill...