2013 Range Rover Tackles Airstream ChallengeSaturday, January 5, 2013 7:05 by Arman Barari
Being an ultra-luxury super-expensive car, the new 2013 Range Rover may cause some people to think that it’s gone soft and that it’s no longer capable of dealing with tough tasks like its ancestors. To prove these people wrong, Land Rover came up with a challenge. They had the car tow a full-size Airstream travel trailer from the UK all the way to Morocco, and back.
That is kind of a big deal, seeing as the Range Rover was driven 12 hours a day on every type of road imaginable, while towing an Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer hitched to its electrically-deployable tow bar.
The only thing LR did in the car’s favor was pick a 339PS SDV8 model. The torque of this diesel engine makes it ideal for such ordeals. In this ultimate road trip, the Rangie towed the 2,399 kg Airstream 3,676 miles in just 11 days.
Range Rover, it’s still the king!
“You can compare the Airstream to a boutique hotel – albeit a mobile one – and taking this combination of rig on your travels injects some serious style and comfort. The moment that really summed up the magic of a journey like this was waking up in the Airstream on a sunny morning next to the beach just outside Casablanca – only a few days after towing it down a crowded British motorway through typically dismal autumnal British weather. A hot shower was followed by breakfast rustled up in a luxurious Corian-worktopped kitchen and that morning’s Times newspaper downloaded onto the iPad via the Airstream’s satellite broadband. I think we proved that luxury and adventure are not mutually exclusive…”