Land Rover Defender DC100 first drive Review | Autocar

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Land Rover Defender

What is it?

Now they’re getting At this week’s Los Angeles show, Land Rover is a third iteration of the Defender (dubbed Land Rover DC100 Sport) it first a couple of months ago in Frankfurt and has backed this up by allowing an exclusive beach drive of the V8 Sport, second of its design and the one most obviously aimed at a in the Californian sun.

More three years before Land Rover people keep insisting that concepts are merely a toe in the water and a to start as we work towards the icon for 2015. But the more the sees of its honest, all-modern the more clear it becomes certain fundamentals of the machine to replace Land Rover’s old rag-topped icon have laid down already. there’s an enormous amount to do, but hasn’t Land Rover finished teaching us – via the successful Evoque project that these days it build concepts just to them away?

What’s it like?

Drive the and you soon get the message. Stand the impressively compact, low-screen, Sport and you’re instantly of a few things that won’t production: the Metalflake yellow job and the 22-inch wheels with tread, for instance. But if the central is to match the current Defender’s off-road capability and better its of softer, more conventional then this DC100 is the perfect demonstrator.

Very in length and wheelbase to a current 90, with a very short overhang and an almost non-existent the Sport has all the ground clearance of an off-roader needs, yet it’s it has bigger doors and much access, and its twin bucket are much more inviting.

Slip behind the wheel, and notice no similarities to the original a general feeling of simplicity and in the controls/instrument layout. The designers preserved almost nothing, but the negatives are gone. You sit high in the but in it, not on it.

There is room for your inside the driver’s door. It is to move away from the The fascia is a panorama, not a cliff-face. The trim parts, especially the twin pedals, make it the car is tough.

But elegant tough, not tough. Even the hose-out covering has colour and an interesting

Someone has already told me this V8 Sport concept has a modified Range Rover chassis, the admired Solihull-built T5 thst has reliably combined low (a separate, twin-rail design) and tech (a high-articulation, all independent air in the RR Sport and Discovery for years. LR person has told me it is one of the solutions for the Defender, though others are considered.

Land Rover bosses they are still making up mind about this some even claim construction is possible – but points to the likelihood that the new will have a simpler, tougher T5 that can deliver the configurations a Defender needs. So a T5 underneath. It’s relevant so happy.

Luckily, I’ve been driving a Range Sport, and notice again its footwell, with plenty of for two meaty designer pedals. is, however, no tall dividing – the Defender’s auto selector sprouts from a quadrant pegged to the dashboard. The are close to the floor, so your reach out rather than

Press the starter button and an instant V8 throb, more than any production Land because it curls up over the rear deck, with its roll-over protection and fairings the occupant’s heads. Blip the and you’re rewarded with a of rom-pah rumble. Think hot Rover, with a tiny of NASCAR V8 on top.

We take a and under my tentative right the V8 rumbles rather than – I’ve already another 4×4 bog itself in the through too sudden an application of and we have even more of it our shapely yellow bonnet. we’re rolling it’s to feed the power, which shows that although show car – bound in a of days for the Los Angeles show – has some parts made from clay, it is and compact among its peers.

Visibility is good in all directions, and you down the elegant bonnet. The screen works brilliantly just tall enough to wind while looking Shame there are no wipers and no for a folding roof.

The suspension supple on sand that between bone-jarring ruts and softness. On both the steering is and quite responsive for a concept, in such things are never The combination of low seating in a wide-tracked that is higher than but has tiny overhangs makes a that mixes sportiness and in a new way, a roadster for 2015 and

Hard to think that it can be so related to a snorkel-equipped expedition with slogging four-cylinder a manual gearbox, a snorkel, lights and roof-rack for fuel and spare wheels. Or a farm with a fabric canopy and a of sheepdogs in the back. Yet this is the Defender will continue to be.

Should I buy one?

One phrase in Rover’s promotional blurb out: the DC100 concepts to match the original Land Defender‘s spirit of If that means offering configurability and improving breadth of of the 54-year old original, while a character as much loved and as recognisable, then it looks an task. But on the evidence of looking, and some driving on a Californian I’d say Ralf Speth, McGovern and their henchmen are off to a decent start.

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