Apparently it can be good to be bad. In the case of the upcoming James Bond movie Spectre, being evil means you’ll have James Bond chasing you in his Aston Martin DB10. That’s the bad news. The upside is that you’ll be driving a Jaguar C-X75. And, really, who is the winner there?
It’s been a half decade since Jaguar uncovered the beautifully sculpted C-X75 at the Paris Auto Show. Inside the carbon fiber-chassis was a unique drivetrain, an electric hybrid meant to give a 200-mph top speed and a projected sub-3 second 0-60 time. Remember the original concept, which used two tiny gas turbine engines to recharge the batteries? The promised production version was somewhat more conventional, but plans for the proposed 250 $1 million-plus super cars were scuppered in late 2012.
Now C-X75 is back via Spectre in the hands of bad guy Hinx–aka David Bautista–rushing through “the moonlit streets of Rome,” dueling with Daniel Craig–aka James Bond. We suspect what’s under the skin now is much more conventional, created for the movie by the automaker’s Special Vehicle Operations working with Williams Advanced Engineering, the branch of the Williams F1 team that was involved with the original C-X75.
While Hinx’s C-X75 is finished in a coppery color, the other evil guys vehicles are painted in the appropriate black. There are two from Land Rover, a decidedly menacing Defender hiked up on 37-inch wheels and a low-slung Range Rover Sport SVR. This will be a swan song for the Defender’s long career and it looks so aggressive it would seem to be departing with a chip on its shoulder.
But isn’t that what makes bad guys into bad guys?
So come the November release of Spectre will you be cheering for good guy Bond in the Aston Martin or the evil Hinx in the Jaguar? Considering the tone of some of Jag’s it’s-good-to-be-bad advertising, they seem to think you should sing praises for the villain.
Just don’t tell your mother.