OK you have to remember that this car is brand new & we have it loaded up & the trailer!!!
I have just remembered I have only driven the car with the trailer on it, Its just a shot drive to the Putty rd from Glennís place then the trip can start in earnest, the clutch is typically light, smooth & take up is close to the floor, the car only comes in a 6 speed manual & ill go into that a bit later
On moving away in 1st you need just a touch of revs to move off & the torque is there form as little as 1300rpm & the change to 2nd at 2500 is stiff but positive, getting up to speed is very easy with max torque at around 2800/3000 rpm the red line is at 4500 but you donít need to go there!
Now on the Putty rd its time to wind it up to travailing speeds soon you find out how much torque there is in these new 4th gen euro comply ant type diesels, its fitted with a self regenerating particulate filter, cat converter & a large top mount intercooler with bonnet scoop, over all at speed the car has very little wind noise & is riding the bumpy rd with out much fuss, the steering is direct & gives a good amount of road feel , its fitted with 17íí Yokohama soft roader type 4x4 tyres & there are 5 as it has a full size spare in the boot area under all our gear, I set them at the higher pressure setting on the tyre placard (260f kpa/280r kpa)for the trip
Now travelling at 100kph indicated in 5th gear you are at wait for it 2000 rpm & it will pull away on the flat to as fast as you want!, In 6th gear at the same speed it is at 1800rpm but doesnít like to pull away, it will do it but its better to shift down to 5th to get the torque then get back to 6th, when climbing hills you get down to 3rd/ 4th depending on how big they are & what sort of run up to them & it pulls very well up to 3000 rpm , Iím using high gears at this time as the max rpm for run in is 3500 for the first 1500kms.
The gear shift is an area of concern it is stiff & positive in the low gears but in 3rd/4th -5th/6th it takes some getting used to, 5th to 6th is fine you gust have to hold it across to you when changing back to 5th its when you jump down to 3rd/4th that your not to sure if you have moved across the gate & you can get blocked out but the good news is its gets easier.
The best is yet to come, Fuel consumption !!
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