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Old 01-06-2014, 12:26 AM
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Re: Can your WK2 SRT8 Do this?

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Originally Posted by Snipe315 View Post
WTF are you talking about?!?

The WK2 SRT isn't even close to having similar Off Road ability to the 2014 Range Rover Sport. If you think it does, then you must believe the SRT is also pretty darn close in ability to the regular WK2 (Laredo/Overland/Summit). Darn near ANY powerful vehicle can handle a little SAND. That doesn't mean it can actually perform OFF ROAD (rock, gravel, etc).

Here's a real world example of what I consider Off Road ability:

a few years ago, I was driving North on a freeway here in SoCal one night. Suddenly traffic came to a complete stop. There was a major accident up ahead that caused the freeway to be totally closed. We were less than a 1/4 mile from the accident & could see the fire & emergency vehicles. A passing CHP motorcycle officer told us we'd be tied up there for at least 2 hours or more (the nearest exit ramp was almost a mile behind us).

Well a full sized pickup truck decided to improvise an exit. He went up & over the curb & down thru the brush on our right side. This area was a fairly deep bowl that rose up to another curb adjacent to a side street.

Well I decided to follow him (after raising up to Off Road 1 to clear the curb). I was able to make it over all of the obstacles and followed his lead. 2 cars and 1 small crossover SUV (don't remember which brand) tried to follow me. They managed to get over the first curb but could not exit the bowl & curb at the far end and got stuck.

And I'm pretty damn sure a WK2 SRT wouldn't have made it either!

The SRT (Street & Racing Tech) lacks little off road specific things like:
- Good Approach & Departure angles
- Good Clearance & Breakover Angles
- Good Wheel Articulation

Having a powerful engine & a good transmission isn't enough. If that was the case, darn near any powerful CAR would be considered Off Road capable.

Why SRT fans feel the need to exaggerate the off road prowess of a vehicle that was specifically not designed for that role is pathetic. Next, you'll suggest the SRT should receive the Trail Rated badge.
Alright, I will admit that I exaggerated some. Still, until I see a test refuting this, I think the JGC SRT is pretty decent off-road. Multiple members here from the Middle-East have reported their JGC SRTs to be good off-road, one saying that his JGC SRT was better than a RRS (pre-2014 model) on the dunes. The 2014 model will obviously be better than the pre-2014 model off-road, so maybe the results would be different if he was with a 2014 model instead.

The SRT does have pretty good ground clearance (8.3"), but the approach, departure, and break over angles are not great and are worse than I thought (just looked them up). I also read somewhere that the SRT has QD-II but without a low range, so, if true, it should be sure-footed. I can't comment on wheel articulation.

So, to sum it up, I would expect a RRS to be better than a JGC SRT off-road. After all, as you pointed out, SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology. However, I have not tested both off-road, so I can't say anything for sure. Also, I still would expect the JGC SRT to be pretty decent off-road. Would I expect it to conquer the Rubicon Trail? No, but it does look like it can handle the dunes pretty well.
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