Driven: Range Rover in Iceland
Tom Ford takes the new Range Rover to Iceland... and the edge
Posted: 27 Mar 2013
Which is a lava sand beach, as it turns out. Things have got sticky, and we've managed to fox the Terrain Response's Auto setting, so the Rangie has very gently chewed its way through the top surface and scuffed onto its aerodynamic belly. The RR may have been on a diet, but it's still a heavy car on road tyres and 20-inch rims trying to float on pebbles that have the same grip coefficient as greasy marbles. Oh, and the tide's coming in. Unwilling to have come so far and resort to a tow, I flip idly through the various Terrain Response menus for grass, gravel, snow, sand and the like, and then resort to the time-honoured off-road tradition of rocking back and forth for a bit, sticking the car in low-range, turning off the traction control and then progressively booting the crap out of it.
Much to everyone's surprise, yet again, the Range Rover pops out of its self-dug hole and chomps on through the loose top surface of the beach.