So the other day I decided to see how the Rangie would perform climbing Pike's Peak, for those of you unfamiliar you drive up the side of a mountain to 14,110 Ft, a little intimidating for those who are not comfortable with heights. The drive up is half way on paved road and the other on dirt. Once I got to the dirt side I decided to drop it into low drive and engage the high mode and the truck couldn't have behaved better, the bumps were hardly noticeable and the truck climbed like a champ, as a matter of fact no other vehicle could keep up with me even a cheroke tried to, who I feel was a little offended wheen I passed him, and well they kept spinning out and loosing control, yet the rover never once lost grip on the road, mind you I never went faster than 34 Mph.
The decent was even better, mostly you could smell nothing but hot brakes coming from everyone else, but in the Rangie on low I was mostly on the gas pedal and hardly on the brake. I really like how the transmition feels a lot like a manual, always slowing down when your foot is not on the gas. The biggest kick came half way, you see they have a person check the temperature of your brakes and well everyone in front and behind was told to pull over to let their brakes cool. Well next to the park ranger was a gentleman and when he saw me come, he looked at the park ranger and said "That's a Range Rover, you have nothing to worry about" and sure enough the guy even complimented me on how cold my brakes were and told me to continue.
I have to say, I have been extremely pleased with this truck and I can't wait to see how she performs when the snow arrives.
On a side note can anyone recomend a good 18" tire that performs well off-road. The current tires that I have a very terrible with mud, not a lot of grip.