Range Rover v Land Cruiser: UP-HILL DRAG RACE

Even SUVs that love the dirt are now more convenient to play around with on off-road courses thanks to technological advancements. The brand-new Land Rover Range Rover is a prime example. The question of whether the upgrades necessarily make these SUVs better off-road arises in light of this.

Can the storied Toyota Land Cruiser defeat the technologically advanced RR in a race across off-road terrain? Carwow pits the two in a pre-made course with a series of challenges to test various off-roading metrics in an effort to provide an answer. It should be noted that the Land Cruiser shown here is from the previous generation, which debuted in 2007.

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Let’s start by discussing numbers. The Land Cruiser J200 has a variety of available engines, but the one used in this battle is said to be a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 diesel that produces 479 pound-feet (650 Newton-meters) of torque and 272 horsepower (203 kilowatts). It has features like a center-locking differential and a low-range gearbox that are useful for off-road driving.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine powering the new Land Rover Range Rover can generate up to 530 horsepower (395 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. It is lighter than the Land Cruiser and, naturally, has too many off-roading features to list here.

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Carwow’s test, which began with an uphill drag race, pits these two hulking vehicles against six off-road obstacles. The vehicles’ descent control was also intended to be demonstrated in a downhill race, and their turning radius was tested on a manoeuvrability course. The SUVs’ suspension travel, chassis articulation, ground clearance, approach/departure angles, and performance on an incline were all tested on the “axle twister” course. The tests were completed with a long ascent.