Silverstone 2020

Two Land Rover Defenders with two unique movie histories are up for auction

Silverstone Auctions will have this 2015 Land Rover Defender used in the movie "Spectre" cross the block in May.

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Two Land Rovers, both alike in action movie credibility. At a digital version of Silverstone Auctions, they are set to cross the block in May. Though a decade and a half apart in assembly date, one is no less desirable than the other.

2001 Land Rover Defender 90 "Tomb Raider"

2011 Land Rover Defennder 90 Tomb Raider

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The 2001 Land Rover Defender 90 is one of 250 produced to commemorate the automaker's involvement in the "Tomb Raider" movie. It's a right-hand drive model that is finished in Bonatti Grey metallic paint and features a fair amount of add-ons including special badging, roof rack, roof rack support system, spotlights, diamond-plate protection, rock sliders, winch, bull-bar, and raised air intake. It rides on Pewter Grey "Boost" alloy wheels.

The three-door 4x4 is right-hand drive. It has a manual transmission paired with a Td5 engine that yields 122 horsepower. It has a high-pressure electronic injector system, traction control, four-pin locking differentials, coil-sprung suspension, and ventilated front disc brakes.

The list of features also includes specially patterned cloth upholstery and seating for six. There is also a Pioneer audio system, recovery hooks, an off-road recovery kit, and a fire extinguisher.

Silverstone Auctions reports that over £12,000 has been invested in the model leaving it in showroom condition. The purchaser of the vehicle at auction will receive a history file on the model that includes its original service book, a wealth of related invoices, and photographic evidence of the recent overhaul. Its MOT is valid until February 2021.

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 SVX "Spectre" JB24

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 SVX "Spectre" JB24

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This Land Rover Defender is one of the few to survive the filming of James Bond flick "Spectre" without sustaining serious damage. It's one of 10 that "Spectre" director Sam Mendes ordered transformed for the movie from their usual 110 Defender setup.

Those modifications include a Santorini Black paint job, 37-inch tires, heavy-duty roll cages, shored up suspensions with rose joints and Bilstein rally dampers. They have a hydraulic handbrake and Recaro seats. The engine was tuned to achieve 180 bhp (up from 120). It's a left-hand drive manual.

Three of the vehicles were modified with high quality finishes to serve as halo cars for close-up shots. The rest of the fleet was damaged by the airplane piloted by Bond as part of the film. The interior is charcoal.

According to Silverstone Auctions, the seven Defenders that were part of the chase sequence were divided into two categories - high speed getaway SUVs and low-speed snow-worthy cars. The SUV featured here was made for the snow scene, used for drive-by flaming only, remaining undamaged.

The vehicle is not currently registered in the U.K.

Its history file is extensive and unique. Silverstone Auctions lists it as including, "a full risk assessment form for 'D3 SALLDHSP8A462459', its LR build spec, a full set of employee timesheets relating to 462459's build, an EC Certificate of Conformity, correspondence between Bowler and JLR as well as invoices for the vehicle and a copy of the original contract, and an MOT dated 18/01/2017. Fascinatingly, it also includes a monthly 'Crew Production Calendar' from 'Spectre 007' running from December 2014 to June '15 and Location Call Sheets detailing the cast and crew and who should be where and when and wearing what."

Silverstone Auctions will host their Live Online Sale on May 23, 2020.

All the cars will be kept in a single secure storage facility where they may be viewed by appointment only and in line with Government guidelines. Buyers will be able to bid via several online bidding partners, phone or leave a commission bid. Fees for this auction have been set at 10% plus VAT for buyers and 4% plus VAT for sellers.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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