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[YesAuto Test Drive] Last week, the editorial department conducted detailed tests on Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport, fourth-generation Discovery and Freelander 2. Just when my brain was full of Land Rover, I was lucky enough to participate in Land Rover. The whole series of all kinds of test drive activities. This test drive activity was carried out in the off-road field of the Golden Port Automobile Park, which included two links: off-road road conditions and racing road conditions. Breaking away from the tester and objective data, and really driving the car in various road conditions, what is the feeling of Land Rover? Let's take a closer look at all models of Land Rover.

All Terrain Feedback System

Highway performance

Range Rover

Range Rover is the dominant position in the Land Rover family. In terms of external dimensions, the measurements of the Range Rover are 4972*2216*1865mm, which is absolutely big in the same class of models, and the weight is absolutely beyond that of professional off-road vehicles of the same level. The body weight of the Range Rover has exceeded 2.7 tons. These data give people. The first feeling must be clumsy.

Once the Range Rover starts, it will quickly make you forget the size and weight figures. Except for a good field of view and a higher sitting posture, it feels not much different from other cars. If you don’t step on the accelerator deeply after starting, you can basically not hear the noise from the engine and the chassis. You can only hear the V8 unique when you accelerate at full speed. The guttural sound.

The officially announced 0-100 acceleration result of 6.2 seconds is comparable to that of a sports car. Despite the weight of the body, the 510 horsepower of the 5.0L supercharged engine can still stretch the front axle air suspension for a long time when accelerating. Except for the sound of the engine and the feeling of pushing back during acceleration, it reached 100 km/h with almost no extra feeling. It seems that the British gentleman's style has been integrated into every detail of the car, quickly but not irritable.

When braking at full force, the body attitude of this heavyweight SUV has been well controlled. The front axle air suspension will be electronically controlled to automatically stiffen and stabilize the body when braking at full force. But even so, the phenomenon of nodding when braking at full force is still very serious. In addition, the high tilt of the rear end reduces the friction between the rear wheels and the ground, and the tall body will cause some swing. However, the whole braking process still makes people feel very confident.

Most people think that a car with a body like a Range Rover is basically not connected to the track. The performance of the Range Rover in the test drive section specially set up for this test drive is still good. Although the body's roll is obvious when cornering, it is still in the controllable range. This is due to the air suspension. When the suspension pressure on the outside of the curve reaches a certain value, a device called “cross valve” between the axles will automatically adjust the axle according to the pressure difference between the suspension on both sides sensed. Between the air pressure. That is to say, when cornering, the squeezed side suspension will automatically pressurize and harden to support the body and overcome the roll.

But for the weight of the Range Rover, this self-adjusting suspension stiffness system can only ensure that the car can make relatively stable corners, improve safety, and there is still a certain gap in distance control.

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Fourth generation discovery

The fourth-generation found that the driving feeling of the model on the track is comparable to that of the Range Rover series, but the 5.0L naturally aspirated engine is much lower-key than the Range Rover’s 5.0L supercharged engine, with only 375 horsepower and relatively stable output. , Not as explosive as the Range Rover 5.0L supercharged engine. In addition, the fourth generation found that the thin and tall body also limited the limit to a certain extent, but fortunately no one would drive the Discovery series to drag racing.

Although the figure found in the fourth generation is a bit more delicate than the Range Rover, the feeling of driving is not significantly different from that of the Range Rover. However, it is very comfortable whether it is the noise or the feeling when passing through the bumps during driving, especially the diesel. Model, noise control is in place! Only standing outside the car can you tell that this is a diesel model, and it is basically indistinguishable from a gasoline car in the car.

Range Rover Sport

Relatively speaking, the Range Rover Sport series models are most suitable for running. As mentioned in the previous article, the Range Rover Sport version has one more option than the Range Rover and Discovery series: dynamic mode. This is also the only model in the Land Rover family with a “dynamic mode”, which is the focus of the Range Rover Sport. After adjusting the driving mode to dynamic mode, the engine response and gearbox shift speed have been optimized, which feels more powerful, and the suspension automatically drops to the lowest position and becomes very stiff. The attitude of the Range Rover Sport when cornering at the same speed on the track is significantly better than that of the Range Rover and Discovery series. After we tested the Range Rover Sport model, the 0-100KM/H acceleration score was only 5.89 seconds.

The Range Rover Sport model is a perfect combination of the fourth-generation Discovery and Range Rover. It uses the powerful power of the Range Rover series 5.0L supercharged while retaining the lighter chassis of the Discovery series. The unique “dynamic mode” is also a Range Rover. The most attractive part of the sports version, the huge body and weight can do this is really not easy.

These big guys with an average weight of 2.7 tons and a car height of 1.8 meters or more did not disappoint on the track, but this is not what it is best at. Although the Land Rover brand has now perfectly balanced luxury equipment, road performance and off-road performance, for most people, off-road performance is still their original dream. Let's experience the most proud system of Land Rover-all-terrain feedback.

Off-road performance

Regarding off-road performance, we have just conducted a separate in-depth test on the Range Rover Sport and the fourth-generation Discovery, so I won’t go into details here. Focus on the off-road performance of Land Rover Range Rover models.

Land Rover Range Rover is the oldest model apart from the Defender. It has been 40 years since its birth in 1970. In addition to the professional four-wheel drive system from the first generation to the present, there is a comfortable driving experience. The focus of today's test drive is still the Range Rover 5.0L supercharged model. This car provides a maximum power of 510 horsepower/6000-6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 625N·m/2500-5500 rpm, coupled with the low-speed gear that can amplify the torque, basically no need to worry about power under any circumstances. The following is a schematic diagram of the four-wheel drive structure of the Range Rover model:

Most of the test drive routes are dirt roads and muddy roads, so the all-terrain feedback system needs to be adjusted to the “mud rut mode” before starting, and then select the low-speed torque amplification gear in the gearbox neutral state, then the chassis height will change Automatically rise to the highest position.

Compared with the JEEP Wrangler, which pays attention to pure off-road performance, Land Rover’s solution is to leave everything to the chassis to complete. When various electronic control components and sensors are busy working, its owner only needs to hold the steering wheel and tap it. Throttle or even idling pass more complicated road conditions. And the vibration of tire slipping and passing through bumpy roads has basically filtered out a large part of it. However, the original tire-type all-terrain tires equipped by Land Rover, which takes into account both road comfort and off-roading, are more likely to be defeated by insufficient tire adhesion on more complex roads.

After driving the Land Rover, a plot suddenly appeared in my mind: on the rugged road after the rain, put up a low-speed four-wheel drive gear, adjust a piece of country-style music, and leave everything to the electronic device to help you solve it. . People who drive a Land Rover do not need to know so much about off-road knowledge, and do not have to waste too much energy on driving skills, and they can also off-road. Of course, you can also use two fingers to pull up the electronic handbrake after passing through complicated road conditions, elegantly light a Cuban cigar, and lower the car window to see the scenery.

If let me describe it in a short sentence, Land Rover is a car like this: You may not buy it for off-road or for galloping purposes, maybe 90% of the time after you buy a Land Rover, you are driving peacefully on the street. Enjoy the luxurious breath of it, but if its owner needs it to run fast or a ravine appears in front of it one day, it will never fall . (Pictures, texts/Car home Wang Miao)

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