The distant thrum breaks the silence of the morning buzz around the world as four huge pillars of a C-130 air cut high above the Utah desert. We scan the sky as impulse noise closer. When power was finally materializes, is closely linked to the land, a convoy of modified up at the top of lift kits and big tires dozen trucks. What we thought were actually mate leaves is the burr of thousands of knobby off-road tread blocks hammering the ground floor of smallpox. If a city can have its own musical theme, this is Moab.
In addition to thousands of Jeeps pass this village of 5,000 inhabitants, there passels trucks, Toyota FJ (old and new), and buggies purpose built using only an indication of platemaking. In addition, this year there was a $ 281,170 Bentley Bentayga.
As invade rooms increasingly unlikely exhibition SUV, varnish off-road capability grows increasingly plausible. A trucklet Bentley really need an adjustable height suspension or four different modes SUV? Any owner to understand the differences between “Barro y Camino” selectable modes of driving and “dirt and gravel”, both, or the brains of drivers Bentley single group all these words together under the umbrella of “things outside”?
So Bentley challenged: If the Bentayga has really chops off the road, try it. Take one Easter Jeep. This is the way it is launching a tent in a dusty field next to a Bentley. Its price is inflated around $ 50,000 from the base, additional free, including $ 5.715 for painting sagebrush and tamarisk, local invasive plants, endangered. Luckily I had a painting low budget; There is also a color palette at a price of $ 12,530 each.
Critics figures outside the Bentayga road are up to 9.2 inches of ground clearance, breaking 22 degrees and angles of approach and departure of 25 degrees. People who know the tracks repeatedly asked us, but no, he does not have a low range. Most agreed that, given the 664 lb.-ft. of Bentayga, you need not multiply the torque by reducing additional gear. And the brakes that can stop 5672 lbs Bentayga claimed speed of 187 MPH-15.7-inch front, 15.0 in the heat back-to dissipate well enough to ride down hill descent without having to worry. (Spongy pedal this Bentayga, compared with those we had previously Bentaygas economic, suggested that he has done a lot of work high speed.)
Neither the Bentayga has blocked or limited slip differential, but the stability control system that mimics by activating individual brakes. Heck, we do not even have off-road tires, having made the decision to test the action Bentayga completely. Thus, while four other wheels rolled across the desert in corpulent Mickey Thompson BFGoodrich Casualties and Krawlers with sidewalls and tread blocks generously reinforced as clenched fists, which paraded 21-inch Pirelli Scorpion Verde, size 285/45 and at all intended habitat of its namesake.
Easter Jeep Safari is organized by the Red Rock 4 wheels (RR4W), a club of Moab that leakage rates above problem on a scale of 1 to 10. The rating 7, for example, means “mechanical or physical damage is likely . there is potential for displacement “, according to the book of EJS. Rollovers become “very common” in a tennis score 9 when “lathes, spare parts and tools are recommended.” The description of a 10 starts with “Let the carnage begin!”
Appropriately, we first went to the corners of chicken, a 2. This description seems more friendly. “County Road ground with frequent maintenance or light after rain or snow, high clearance 4WD light needed” This is like a dirt road in the county begins Moab. Snaking through narrow canyons like a narrow shelf between a wall and a return loss is gradually degraded dirt track to rocky path. Open to an incredible and humiliating distant view of strengths and cathedrals, its shades of khaki and sandstone layers containing ocher romantic names as input, Kayenta, Navajo and Wingate walls, each with a different early history.