This Turbo Diesel Land Rover Defender Conquers All

The Land Rover Defender is the quintessential safari-style 4WD vehicle one comes to expect from this British manufacturer. Commonly equipped with a straight 5 cylinder turbo diesel engine, this sport utility vehicle sees service throughout the world from geological survey teams to border patrol. Here the Defender is put up against a harrowing 45º incline before attempting to ascend a perfectly cylindrical 3.5 meter crest.

An obvious attempt to depict this SUV’s four wheel drive performance, it does an admirable job considering the difficulty of the test. While it does struggle at the top, the metal girders used to construct the track offer nearly no frictional leverage for the four wheel drive transmission to dig in.The only equivalent would be attempting to climb an icy peak. Manufactured since the early 1980s, these vehicles have relied upon their diesel engines and fuel-efficient 4 and 5 cylinder British engines to navigate some rather unforgiving stretches of the earth.

Whether its with the Ford manufactured Duratorq, an inline four cylinder turbo diesel engine used in the likes of the Peugeot Boxer and Jaguar X-Type, or the classic late-90s Td5 – this 4WD boxy beast has a proven record of performance and versatility. It’s so prized that it’s found service with the Australian Special Forces and British Army as a lightweight and effective transport vehicle – capable of ranges of over 500 km (310 mi). At home in the deserts of the Outback or Sub Saharan Africa, it’s an SUV which has proven itself time and time again as a good mixture of fuel efficiency, performance, and maintainability. (more…)

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In October of 2013, Land Rover announced it would cease production of European model Defenders due to increased pressure to maintain its previous capabilities while staying in lin