2020 Defender

Tugela

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Range Rover tires aren't deflatable? Or are you saying that because they come with 20"+ bling rims, the Rangie's lower profile tires don't allow for the kind of sidewall deflection you can achieve with tires on smaller rims? That is true, but even so the footprint of the Range Rover's tires is still pretty big. I would expect the differences in off-road performance between new RR and new Defender to be small when comparing two vehicles rolling off the dealership lot. The Range Rover, for all its luxury appeal, is a formidable off-roader if you apply its full potential. As a vehicle for an outdoors enthusiast it's not as practical, however.
 
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ERover82

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Range Rover tires aren't deflatable? Or are you saying that because they come with 20"+ bling rims, the Rangie's lower profile tires don't allow for the kind of sidewall deflection you can achieve with tires on smaller rims? That is true, but even so the footprint of the Range Rover's tires is still pretty big. I would expect the differences in off-road performance between new RR and new Defender to be small when comparing two vehicles rolling off the dealership lot. The Range Rover, for all its luxury appeal, is a formidable off-roader if you apply its full potential. As a vehicle for an outdoors enthusiast it's not as practical, however.
Yes. They excel on slick-rock and LR test tracks for the same reason. In the real world, protecting your tire and wheel are important.
 

kennith

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Range Rover tires aren't deflatable? Or are you saying that because they come with 20"+ bling rims, the Rangie's lower profile tires don't allow for the kind of sidewall deflection you can achieve with tires on smaller rims? That is true, but even so the footprint of the Range Rover's tires is still pretty big. I would expect the differences in off-road performance between new RR and new Defender to be small when comparing two vehicles rolling off the dealership lot. The Range Rover, for all its luxury appeal, is a formidable off-roader if you apply its full potential. As a vehicle for an outdoors enthusiast it's not as practical, however.
Oh, I'd have loved to have some of these new Rovers out in your neck of the woods.

Can you imagine how much more comfortable all those crap roads would be? Look, it's fun to poodle around in an old Series, but when you don't have a choice, it's not nearly as cool; it's just a slow, rough ride. I'm not sure I'd want one of these new Rovers out there when it's ten years old, but a new Range Rover?

Absolutely. It'll be a few years before it becomes troublesome, they can take a beating until then, and they're incredibly capable. If you don't mind stripping the interior, practicality can be found in there.

Sadly, you can strip that Defender all you want, and you'll still end up with a mouse hole for a cargo door.

Cheers,

Kennith
 

fishEH

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Oh, I'd have loved to have some of these new Rovers out in your neck of the woods.

Can you imagine how much more comfortable all those crap roads would be? Look, it's fun to poodle around in an old Series, but when you don't have a choice, it's not nearly as cool; it's just a slow, rough ride. I'm not sure I'd want one of these new Rovers out there when it's ten years old, but a new Range Rover?

Absolutely. It'll be a few years before it becomes troublesome, they can take a beating until then, and they're incredibly capable. If you don't mind stripping the interior, practicality can be found in there.

Sadly, you can strip that Defender all you want, and you'll still end up with a mouse hole for a cargo door.

Cheers,

Kennith
Problem is its too expensive to use when its reliable, and when then price comes down to use it that way it will no longer be reliable!!