Sports Utility / 4x4

Sports Utility / 4x4

  Sports Utility Vehicle and 4x4 cars and trucks news and reviews

Off-roading in an extreme or remote environment is always an adventure. Potential hazards lurk behind every rock, potential fun waits in every mud hole, and between every tree awaits life-long memories to be made. The opportunity for a great time is easily accessible when in four-wheel-drive.

The guys over at ExtremeTerrain know first hand the fun that off-roading entails and have decided to share the excitement with their EXTRME JEEP ADVENTURE CONTEST. One winner and one of their lucky friends will get an all-expense-paid trip to three of the most well-know off-roading locations within the United States. ExtremeTerrain will provide a Jeep Wrangler for the winning pair to explore the famous Rubicon trails of California, the hills of Moab, Utah, and the backcountry of Ouray, Colorado for three days and four nights at each location.

ExtremeTerrain, know for their array of aftermarket Jeep parts and accessories, will fly the two to and from each destination with hotel and meals provided. Entry into the contest ends at 6:00:59 PM on January 21, 2014, so if an off-road excursion sounds like your idea of a great weekend, head over ExtremeTerrain’s website to registe. And luckily, ownership of a Jeep vehicle is not a prerequisite.

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BFGoodrich has certainly made a name for itself over the years in all arenas of motorsports , but its last major victory was in the 46th annual Tecate SCORE International desert racing series within the 2013 Baja 1000. Drivers rolling on BFGs captured four of the top five overall positions in the series. Adding to BFGoodrich’s bragging rights, the company also equipped seven of the top 10 Trophy Trucks with its tires.

What’s more, BFGoodrich claimed wins in 10 vehicle classes, including defending its title in the Baja Challenge Class as Team BFGoodrich’s BC2 team emerged victorious by a clear four-hour margin to with the event for the second straight year. The BC2 vehicle was driven by Terry Earwood, the Lead Instructor for Skip Barber Racing School.

Percentage wise, BFGoodrich was the clear leader with nearly 65 percent of all four-wheeled, race-finishing vehicles rolling on BFG-branded tires. Everything from BFG All-Terrain and Mud Terrain tread designs to desert-race specific tires and tread designs were represented.

The grueling high-speed, off-road race is 883 miles of huge dips, gullies, jumps, and deep sand that begins and ends at Ensenada, Mexico. Nearly 300 racers representing more than 20 counties must endure the incessant pounding and jostling of obstacles that would shred any stock vehicle. In fact, more than 50 percent of racers failed to finish the race within the 36-hour time limit. Adding to the Baja’s difficulties are booby-traps scattered across the course set by ill-willed spectators looking for a harrowing crash. More than a few vehicles each year are claimed by such a fate.

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Jeep found a very cool way to pay tribute to the earliest civilian Jeep vehicles used during the World War II with the unveiling of the special-edition Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition. The model is based on the Wrangler Sport model and features a series of upgrades that help to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup.

Under the hood, the special Wrangler keeps the usual 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Pentastar mates to a standard six-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic transmission.

The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition will make its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show tomorrow, and it will hit the market in early 2014. Prices will start from $25,795 for two-door models and from $29,595 for the Unlimited (four-door) model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition.

For those of you who enjoy off-road racing — and who doesn’t like to see overpowered 4x4s getting thrashed around in the desert — the 2013 Baja 1000 is set to start today at approximately 9:00 a.m. PST. After that, the cars and trucks competing have 36 hours to complete the 883-mile, loop-style race through some of the most treacherous terrain in Mexico, which starts and ends in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

Over the years, the Baja 1000 has become rather high-tech, and now you can track the vehicles as they make the big loop by checking out the race’s Live Tracking page. There will also be plenty of news, videos and photos going up at the Baja 1000 Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. According to the Score International website, the Baja 1000 will also be streamed online, so if you are sitting at home and want to have a look, you can check out the live feed here.

This year’s Baja 1000 has a total of 254 entries this year between the ATVs, which started last night, and the cars and trucks, so there should be plenty of dirt- and sand-slinging action to see. We expect to start seeing the first vehicles cross the finish line about 17 hours after starting, which would be approximately 4:00 p.m. on Today for ATVs and 2:00 a.m. on Saturday for cars and trucks . The course will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday to allow slower drivers and late starters to complete the race.

Enjoy the race, and we’ll bring you any important updates as they roll in.

Posted on by Tushar  

Land Rover has done it again! This time with the Range Rover Sport, Land Rover has broken the land speed record for crossing one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. It’s no secret that despite their relative softening over the years, Land Rovers are still synonymous with land exploration. That’s what its cars are meant to do and what better place to explore the limits of the 2014 Range Rover Sport than to attack the desert of the Arabian Peninsula.

The Range Rover Sport completed the journey in record time, setting the fastest average speed of 50.87 mph in the process. The starting point for the record run was Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia, and the challenge was to cross the "Empty Quarters" over to the border with the United Arab Emirates. The Land Rover team crossed the vast expanse of the desert in 10 hours and 22 minutes, covering a distance of 527 miles.

Moi Torrallardona, Dakar Rally veteran from Spain, was at the helm of the Range Rover Sport. With years of off-road experience under his belt, Torrallardona was the perfect man for the job.

“Desert driving requires a unique combination of speed, finesse and technical skill. It is crucial that you tackle the dunes with precision. Knowing the right time to go full throttle and the right time to slow down, takes experience and clear judgement,” said Torrallardona.

“This unique way of driving requires a vehicle which has the same skillset - it must be both incredibly fast but also agile, responsive and well planted. The Range Rover Sport is exactly that. It is massively capable and is truly the best tool for conquering the desert,” he added.

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At first glance, this 1978 Chevy Silverado looks like a nicely restored project truck and nothing more. First glances can often be wrong. With a second glance — and third and forth... — this Silverado is sporting something special beneath that beautiful bodywork.

Lurking under the hood is a brand-new, fourth-generation 5.3-liter, V-8 crate engine straight from General Motors . However, the new small block is only part of an entire package GM is showcasing this year at SEMA : the E-ROD engine with the Connect and Cruise package.

The Connect and Cruise package includes many of the necessary bits to make an engine run, including all the emissions-friendly equipment to make it 50-state legal. The new 4L70-E transmission, control modules, wiring harnesses, fuel tank evaporative emissions canister and catalytic converters within the truck were all ordered with one part number.

GM currently has three E-ROD packages available: the 5.3-liter LC9 found in GM trucks and SUVs, the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 normally found in the Camaro SS, and the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 straight from the Cadillac CTS-V.

The E-ROD engines are designed for such restoration projects as the ’78 K1500 Silverado. GM says they wanted to streamline the restoration process, making it easier for customers to build their dream vehicle without having to use third-party tuning.

The advantages for installing an E-ROD engine with the Connect and Cruise package in a project are evident. Even more so considering the 5.3-liter (327-cubic-inch) V-8 makes 320 horsepower, or roughly 80 more than the truck’s original 454 big block produced in 1978.

Cost is always a factor in restoration projects, but $7,750 seems like a sweet deal for such a reliable V-8 while the whole Connect and Cruise package starts at $12,017.

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Renault-Dacia unveiled the first facelift of its popular compact crossover , Duster during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . The Duster has been around since 2010 and was due for a makeover. Renault-Dacia has made subtle changes to the exterior keeping the original proportions of the compact off-roader intact.

With this update, not just about the aesthetics changed though. Dacia has added new features to the compact crossover that push it further up the ladder in its affordable segment of the crossover market.

Renault-Dacia has also added a new engine to the Duster range. The new turbocharged gasoline engine promises to deliver better mileage and decent performance at the same time. The Duster has tasted success in developing markets around the world, and the new model definitely has what it takes to tackle the challenges faced in highly competitive markets like India, Brazil, etc.

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Known for its serious suspension components, Skyjacker Suspensions has partnered with Ford to create this beastly F-150 for the 2013 SEMA Show taking place now through 8th.

Starting with an already capable 2014 F-150 FX4 Crew Cab, Skyjacker installed its massive six-inch lift and threw a set of BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires under it. The FX4’s standard four-wheel drive and electronic-locking rear differential keep the meaty BFGs turning when the going gets muddy.

Stout front and rear bumpers from Fab Fours Inc. protect the bodywork, and house a heavy-duty winch and LED light bar up front and a receiver hitch out back. Built-in steel recovery points make it easy to attach D-ring shackles for pulling lesser trucks out of sticky situations.

The F-150’s bed includes a lockable double-drawer storage unit from TruckVault for keeping gear safe and dry. Up top, a roof rack provides extra space for items and holds a second LED light bar. Custom graphics complete the tough-truck look, while rock rail steps make it easier for kids and girlfriends to hop inside.

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Ah, the boundless joys of childhood. Freedom and possibilities that stretched as far as the neighborhood streets, as fast as your bicycle would ride them, and as a wide as your orange-peel smile in the school cafeteria. Jeep’s new Built Free ad campaign aims to unearth those youthful feelings from under the mundane grind of adulthood with the slogan, "You’re still here. And you’re still you. The horizons haven’t gone anywhere."

The commercial for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee ditches the numbers-filled, technical approach to selling in favor of a strictly lifestyle angle, with Chrysler saying the technical stuff will come later.

"The return of Jeep Cherokee and the Built Free campaign serves as a reminder that we can fulfill our daily responsibilities and still follow our innate desire to explore new and different experiences," says Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s Chief Marketing Officer. "The Jeep brand has a rich history steeped in the unrelenting pursuit of freedom."

The ad started airing Oct. 28th on all the major television networks and is the first in a long line of advertisements for the new crossover. Print, online, and even movie theater spots will follow, including Ben Stiller’s latest, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Jeep began marketing the Cherokee this summer with a unique digital campaign “Tales from the Trailhawk,” an online video series showcasing the crossover’s 4x4 capabilities. The video series follows the Cherokee through the many off-road obstacles it faced while earning its “Trail Rated” badge, including traction, articulation, maneuverability, ground clearance, and water fording.

The Cherokee may be trail-rated, but now can finally be considered dealer-rated, as it officially makes it way into dealer showrooms. The Cherokee’s launch was delayed by two months due to last-minute updates to the engine management software. The Cherokee has a base starting price of $22,995, excluding tax, title, and destination.

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Kahn Design again pulls out all the stops with its latest Land Rover Discovery . Equipped with the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel and a whole host of upgrades, this Discovery is truly unique. Another made-to-order example of Kahn perfection.

Outside the seven-passenger SUV, Kahn has added an aggressive aero package that includes a 3D mesh grille, beautiful gun-metal grey 22-inch wheels, vented front and rear air dams, stainless steel entry sill plates, and brake calipers finished in liquid red. LED light strips and privacy glass finish off the look.

As with each Kahn creation, the interior receives a great deal of attention. The plain Land Rover seats are gone. In their place are these exquisitely quilted and perforated leather seats for all seven passengers. The same leather treatment is given to each door’s armrest and atop the dashboard gauge cluster.

Swarovski diamonds encompass the center clock bezel while diamond-quilted leather covers the glove box. Vented aluminum brake and gas pedals ride above the unique floor mats, while a colored rpm gauge keeps close tabs on the 3.0-liter diesels spins per minute.

Even with all the modifications, the Discovery 4 still retains all those legendary Land Rover go-anywhere capabilities. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system includes five different settings for challenging obstacles and harsh climates. The four-corner air suspension provides a sporty ride while hitting the pavement and can be raised for tackling tougher territory.

Overall, the Kahn Design Discovery 4 offers enough style and bespoke luxury to suit those with finer tastes, as each vehicle is custom built for each buyer.

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