Welcome to Land Rover’s torture chamber
TG.com heads to its Eastnor testing grounds to try to kill the world’s toughest off-roader...
Posted: 11 Dec 2011
The potentially damaging but breathlessly addictive sport of Driving Fast Up a Steep Muddy Hills sounds like an excellent way to scale a damp Malvern.
But once the various electronica's configured itself to the task, the Range Rover's disarmingly able. A big nudge of the 4.4-litre blown V8 diesel's throttle begins all manner of computerized alchemy. Power's briefly sent to each wheel for an exploratory nibble, it decides on the most tenacious then simply heaves itself into the clouds.
It can't be that easy. And this gearbox must die. Time for another go. In reverse. But it refuses to fluster - the hill falls out of the front window, the change that dropped out my pocket on the way up gets lodged underneath the seat with a chime and I'm at the top of the route. I decide to get out and assess how steep this place actually is. I fall on my backside and summarise - really was very steep.
Time for a re-think.