In Switzerland, where the mountains are high, the air is cold and skiing is nearly a year-round activity, there is a downhill ski challenge that offers the longest amateur race in the world. The Inferno Downhill Challenge, which began in 1928, spans a length of 9.8 miles and starts at an elevation of 9,744 feet above sea level. This track winds down a slope of 75 percent descent and gives you a crazy ride, even if you’re on a bed of fresh powder. As one of the most challenging courses on skis, there is something else that has taken on this track and made an amazing run.
The automotive world is full of companies with different personalities and ideas of what should be built and how it should be done. When you think of Ford the F-150 comes to mind or the Mustang, when thinking of Toyota the Camry and the Highlander may be the first you think of. For luxury automakers their cars are full of great features for us to enjoy and exotics are meant to be over the top impressive and make us wonder why all automakers haven’t done the same. What is unusual is when we see an automaker try something that seems to be completely against their personality, here are some great examples for you to admire and wonder about.
Land Rover has been the top name for luxury SUVs for many generations. Originally built to be fantastic agricultural partners after World War II Land Rover vehicles have been around for more than sixty years and have developed in their luxury over the years. What hasn’t been in question during any of these years is the capability of the vehicles offered which are some of the most impressive ever, especially when you take any Land Rover vehicle to the off road areas of the world. No doubt Land Rover is a name you are familiar with that gives us the look and feel we want to fully enjoy.
Even though the Land Rover Defender is the height of SUV performance off the road and gives owners everything they could want in order to enjoy an awesome off road adventure, but what if your Defender needs to be tuned for the urban environment without losing any of its off road ability? Enter in the Land Rover Defender Ultimate RS which is simply a crazy version of the already awesome SUV which has been tuned by the British tuning company called Urban Truck.
The extensive makeover that took place was to change the truck from the off road machine it already was ( the height of class and off road adventure) to a mean and lean Urban road prowler that could still handle the off road terrain. The first and most noticeable changes were the new black pain, wide tires, a new grill and new lights which were all in place to give the vehicle a more aggressive appearance and allow it to show off some muscle in a slick and attractive fashion. Other changes that were made to the Defender included adding special Bilstein dampers, a new anti-roll bar, sports springs and large Yokohama tires to wrap the 18-inch wheels in snug road hugging comfort. The Defender was also lowered by two inches which gives it a more planted look as if it was actually hugging onto the road.
When looking for a great SUV, fuel efficiency can be very important. The cumbersome vehicles lumber down the road and in many cases doesn’t offer any fuel efficiency to speak of. When looking in the Luxury SUV class this can be even more important to an owner who already is paying a premium price for the luxury equipment the vehicle offers and doesn’t want to pay even more just to fill up their SUV. This list offers owners of luxury SUVs a chance to enjoy their highly-engineered products without having to fill up quite as often. Continue reading