The new Land Rover Defender hist the Nurburgring as it continues final testing, but it doesn’t look to be at home on the ‘Ring.
Just a few days ago we reported that the new Land Rover Defender – which will get its public reveal in September – is heading off to Kenya to complete its final testing, having already played in climate and terrain extremes across the globe.
Those climate and terrain extreme tests are vital for a car Land Rover want us to believe will be every bit as ‘Go Anywhere’ as the original Defender (and Series cars) were, but this time round it’s all change under the skin in an effort to make the new Defender a more rounded vehicle – especially on road.
That means a change from a ladder frame to using the monocoque setup Land Rover already sticks under its big SUVs in an effort to improve handling and comfort on road, hopefully without wrecking its off-road abilities.
So just like every other car makers on the planet (or at least it seems that way), Land Rover has been busy thrashing the new Defender round the Nurburgring, clearly in the expectation that anyone buying a new Defender will want it to handle like a Cayenne on the road. Which, of course, it won’t.
The Defender looks to make a decent fist of getting round the Nurburgring, although the endless tyre noise and impressive roll in corners does tend to indicate the new Defender won’t end up a quirky track day special.