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Old September 10th, 2005, 10:01 PM
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RR Sport test drive...

By Tony Fannin:

Chris VonC and I got to test drive the new RR Sports offroad this morning. There was an event put on by the local dealers at a ranch outside town. Chris got to test the HSE while I got lucky and got the fully loaded Supercharged version.

First impressions:
Buttons. Lots of buttons. Traction control buttons. Hi-lo buttons. Buttons to tell you what buttons do. Total visual overload.
Comfy seats compared to my stock D90 seats. Of course, a wooden bench is more comfortable than my seats.
Shiny.
The engine is quiet and smooth.
Two screens in the headrests for the backseat. Life's rough.


Likes:
Comfy and quiet.
Power. As much as you need when you need it. Very responsive. I didn't get to really wind it up as it was an offroad course but you could tell there was a beast under the hood wanting to be let loose.
Traction control was spot on. I got it high-cornered and it had no problem walking off the hill on two wheels. When lifting a wheel off the ground you don't even realize it. It sends the power to the other wheels.
On board display was neat. Seeing exactly how much you were stuffing wheels on a little screen in the dash was interesting and informative. A lot of data is presented in a fashion that doesn't overload you.
It felt very sturdy in the twisty bits of the trails.
Three words. Adaptive Cruise Control. Prayers have been answered with that one.
Fridge in the armrest. No more digging around in the backseat looking for another 'bottled water'.

Dislikes:
Too many buttons. Of course, my 90 has exactly 1 button, for the emergency flashers, so I may have an different perspective than most.
Hill Descent Control was annoying as hell and I turned it off. I know exactly how fast I want to go down this hill. Stop hitting the damn brakes for me. If I need to go slow I'll down-shift.
I felt way too disconnected from the trail. I want to feel at least a bit of the trail.
I want a real parking brake. Not another damn button. And to release the parking brake you just drive off? WTF is up with that?

Overall, it's a very well put together vehicle. If I had the means and already had a 90, 110, and 101 in the garage I'd seriously think about it. It is great for driving around town but is still very capable offroad. I think, with a competent driver, it'd have no problem with most of the 3 diamond trails I've been on around here.

Chris has pics if he feels like posting them. My camera took a dump and I got none.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 10:30 PM
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Good summary Tony, thanks! A real nice day put on by LRNA and LR Austin, thank you very much for the great time, lots of fun as well as got to meet a bunch of the other Texas Rover gang.

Here are my pictures:
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