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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth CHASSIS WORK Measure and alignment system from Finland 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845 First drives Darren Moody gets a taste of royal motoring in the Range Rover Vogue When the Queen isn’t being carried by horse and carriage her preferred mode of transport is the Vogue, so if you’re looking for something a little more exclusive than your ever yday luxury SUV, then the new supercharged V8 Range Rover Vogue, with some real on-road presence, might be just what you need. From the moment you step in the leather-clad interior you’re insulated from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. That solid ‘thud ’ as the door closes reinforces quality. Press the seat memory position button – the leather armrest-equipped seat moves to your selected settings and the steering wheel falls easily to hand. A quick press of the start button and the 5.0L supercharged V8 burbles to life. As you ease away from the kerb the insulation from the outside world continues as dual-zone climate control, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear park sensors and auto-dimming mirrors take care of all those little things. The V8 engine produces a massive 375kW (that’s over 500hp old school) to move the not insignificant 2.8 tonnes around, and move it around it does. If you are so inclined, it moves from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds and although it’s well-insulated, you do get to hear the sweet-sounding V8 in the cabin. Drive is through a bullet-proof six-speed ZF automatic transmission. I’m assuming fuel consumption might not be too much of an issue for prospective buyers, but for the record, the official combined figure is 14.9L/100km – I saw some numbers below that, but also at times significantly above. The air suspension initially gives a really soft and what feels like a spongy ride, but after some time in the driver’s seat on country roads the air suspension controls the R angie’s substantial weight, prov iding driver involvement without compromising passenger comfort. Silver or black option packs include blind-spot monitoring, surround camera system, automatic high beam assist, illuminated sill tread plates and an eight-inch dual-view infotainment screen. Standard fitment includes 20” alloy wheels, heated leather steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, rear-seat entertainment screens and a driver safety assist package including electronic parking brake and slip control system. I won’t add the alphabet soup, but you’ll get Electronic Brake-force Distr ibution, All-terrain Anti-Lock Braking System, Engine Drag Torque Reduction, Traction Control, Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control, Electronic Differential Control, Emergency Brake Assist, Understeer Control Logic, Hydraulic Rear Brake Boost, Electronic Brake Pre-fill, Roll Stability Control, Trailer Stability Assist. Crikey, do you think Her Majesty knows all the acronyms? Life on the move 30 August / September 2012
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