Doesn't sound they are going to bring it to Australia for testing... or at least that is what they said in the video....
what is the strengths and weaknesses of M/N57 and how many would you expect to apply to this product?I've had bmw diesels - the M57 and N57 straight six twin turbos.... mounted to ZF gearboxes. I couldn't think of a better package for this 4wd than a BMW diesel and the ZF 8HP. Both these BMW engines walked all over 1VD, 1KD, 1GD, 4J that I've owned or driven. The ZF box is so good that other manufacturers copy it under licence.
Know what you mean - autos and soft 4WD's are pretty much the trend. A lot of the current young generations are more into 'Glamping' and pseudo-adventure (low/zero risk) than getting out and dirty. If it's any indication, many outdoor Clubs that once had hundreds of members are now finding it hard to attract members or have long closed.It seems all 4x4's are getting 'soft' - IMO. This may be some in the 'market demographic' wanting to 'look' like they are adventurous for Coles and Woolworths car parks. But perhaps this is the way the market is going toward, who I am to question? At the end of the day it is about sales and brands will always pivot toward this perceived trend. I have a 5yr old and an 11yr old daughter that I'll be dammed if they grow up without learning to drive a manual and a capable 4WD. My 5yr old already knows what a 'Patrol' is and regularly asks to go out camping and driving, she loves it. I honestly believe that it will change the direction that 4x4 manufactures are going, if us parents instil in our offspring what our kids should expect from a capable 4x4. As a 'Gen X', growing up with diesel 4WD's and having a SWB FJ40 as my first 4WD it is almost impossible for my kids as 'Gen Alpha' to know about those times, and I do not expect them to. But I'll be dammed (and perhaps I will) if they buy any of the current '4x4's and expect they will get to the places and have as much fun as what I've had with my old, rigid chassis, all coil, oil burner. I purposely mean to leave them my Patrol, and so they may learn lesson and appreciate a time when things were simple, and just 'worked'. Function over fashion. But perhaps that is just me....
your not wrong, im trying to go more remote. alot of young people today prefer city based lifestyles and you need to take massive amounts of leave to see the uinque parts of australia if you live at or near a capital city. and if your working a casualized job, taking leave is even harder. glamping is the modern way to camp, love it or hate it. also yes do you want to spend your entire annual leave on a club event every year?Know what you mean - autos and soft 4WD's are pretty much the trend. A lot of the current young generations are more into 'Glamping' and pseudo-adventure (low/zero risk) than getting out and dirty. If it's any indication, many outdoor Clubs that once had hundreds of members are now finding it hard to attract members or have long closed.
Suppose it's another thing partly caused by the crazy housing market - people simply can't afford a specialised vehicle that's used infrequently, so they just spend annual leave on organised commercial trips? There will always be exceptions, and those people will find it increasingly hard to acquire a vehicle for the purpose without spending mega-bucks, or, making a definite lifestyle choice.
ive noticed this at least the tagalong tour im going on bands softroads like foresters despite not taking that hard a track. i think too much of the scene underestimates softroaders at this point.In my opinion, people these days massively overstate what you need to do remote touring. Jack Absalom went everywhere in a Mitsubishi Sigma wagon. I've done a lot of remote areas in near stock vehicles. We take a work week off, plus the weekend on each side. We have to keep the destinations to a maximum start point of around 2000 kms from Sydney. So 2 days to do 2000kms, 5 days touring, 2 days to get home. It's not for pussies. We did Googs track and the lower Oodnadatta a few weeks ago and it would have been dead easy in a 10 year old Forester. Personally, I hope the glampers never go out there, it's getting too crowded as it is.
Thanks for posting - appreciated.
its a bit exaggerated the car just lost a rear windscreen under normal cirucmstances and he didnt bring an offroad trailer. as far i can see, it did fine. no mechanical, reliability or panel damageThis guy's a bit of a crack up, took his new Defender towing a Harley up the Birdsville Track so he could ride the Harley up Big Red. The outback just about destroyed everything.