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JLR shares Range Rover Sport SVR carnage in ‘No Time To Die’ stunts

James Bond’s latest adventures will take him to Norway and Scotland, as seen in the trailer for the upcoming “No Time to Die.” Somewhere along the way, the British spy encounters a pair of Range Rover Sport SVRs, the ultimate high-performance SUV from JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division in one of the movie’s centerpiece car chases. Now, the company has given us a behind-the-scenes look at its filming, and the automotive carnage that ensues.

The filmmakers wanted to take a Bond action sequence off-road, and chose the Range Rover Sport SVR as the the bad guys’ pursuit vehicle. Armed with a JLR product placement deal (Bond drives a new Defender in another part of the movie) the henchmen had no qualms picking one of the most expensive things on the menu. Unfortunately, that also makes is a bit hard to watch when machines that start at $115,000 are totaled as they careen through the air or roll onto their roofs.

The SVRs share a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with the Jaguar F-Type SVR and are the most powerful vehicles in the Land Rover portfolio. With 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque on tap, translating to a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds, they’re the perfect weapon for chasing a super-spy down a dirt road.

As for Bond himself, 007 makes his escape in a decades-old yellow Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Specifically, it’s a 90-series, a smaller version built from 1996 to 2002 that was never sold in the U.S. but remains popular in other parts of the world. The most powerful engine had just 190 horsepower from a 3.4 liter V6 shared with the similar-era 4Runner. Despite the power discrepancy, Bond manages to dispatch the Range Rovers in spectacular fashion. Wait, this is a Range Rover promo, right?

“All the stunts are for real, there’s nothing that’s CGI’ed,” said Neil Layton, the film’s action vehicle coordinator. “So to make the cars more dramatic on the screen, we had to turn off a lot of safety feature aids that’s on there.”

Interestingly, another non-JLR product shows up in the video as well. The camera car is a blacked out (to minimize reflection in other cars) Ford F-150 Raptor outfitted with a massive rooftop boom.

No Time to Die” is hits the screens on October 8.

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