If there’s a gene that predisposes a person to like the original Land Rover Defender, I’m afraid I don’t have it. I appreciate that people are sentimental about these things, but really, the previous Defender was – and still is – the worst car I’d ever reviewed on a public road.
The latest Defender – code-named L663 – thankfully comes from different stock, and is tasked with the hardest job of all; placating the cynical faithful while attracting an entirely new audience.
We’ve already sampled the Defender’s bush-bashing chops, so let’s concentrate on the terrain where most Aussie Defenders will spend their lives – on the tarmac.
Long-wheelbase 110 and short-wheelbase 90 variants will make up the Australian mix, with two diesels and one petrol engine across four grades. The D200 and D240 diesels are, however, already sold out for 2020, leaving just the Ingenium straight-six powered P400 – tested here – for now.
Retailing for $95,335 in its most basic S form, the 110 P400 takes the vaunted Ingenium 3.0-litre straight-six, combines it with an eight-speed automatic and delivers it on a heavily revised version of JLR’s D7x (the x is for extreme, naturally) platform.
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TRACKING THE GHAN
FOLLOWING THE ROUTE OF THE HISTORIC GHAN RAILWAY – FROM ITS TART IN PORT AUGUSTA AT THE HEAD OF SPENCER GULF TO ITS FINAL DESTINATION IN ALICE SPRINGS – IS A GREAT WAY TO TRAVEL FROM SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA TO OUR CONTINENT’S RED HEART.
THE 'CRUISER TOYOTA SHOULD HAVE BUILT
THIS TOUGH-AS-NAILS 105 SERIES LANDCRUISER NOW HAS A HEART OF GOLD AND IS BUILT TO GO ANYWHERE.
ARB HAS TAKEN NOTE OF ALL LESSONS LEARNED FROM ITS ORIGINAL INTENSITY LED LIGHT RANGE, TO COME UP WITH THE UPGRADED AND VERY CLEVER INTENSITY SOLIS.
SIX OF THE BEST FETTLED NISSANS
FROM MILD TO WILD CREATIONS, HERE ARE A HANDFUL OF OUTRAGEOUSLY EPIC NAVARA AND PATROL CUSTOM BUILDS.
THE NEW BLOKE SHOWS HIS STYLE WITH A PAIR OF 4X4S IN HIS SHED.
LIFE IN THE BUSH LANE
LIKE MANY EVENTS PLANNED FOR 2020, COVID RESTRICTIONS PUSHED THE DRIVE 4 LIFE TEAM TO REASSESS ITS PLANS, BUT THEY STILL HELD A SUCCESSFUL TOUR THROUGH OUTBACK NEW SOUTH WALES.
LEAP OF FAITH
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING BUT LAND ROVER’S NEW DEFENDER IS FINALLY HERE. HAS IT BEEN WORTH THE WAIT?
NO WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENTS HERE. THE ADDITIONS TO ANTHONY BARR’S PATROL WERE ALL COOKED UP TO CREATE HIS OWN ULTIMATE TOURING VEHICLE.
THIS EXPEDITION-READY LANDCRUISER IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS AT FIRST GLANCE.
BACK TO WORK
WE’RE FINALLY GETTING OUT AND USING THE MUSSO AS INTENDED.
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