CHRIS HARRIS VIDEO: BOWLER EXR-S
If PistonHeads did off-roaders they'd look something like the Bowler EXR-S, as Chris Harris demonstrates
in the mould of the current Range Rover Sport. It is called the EXR. In the correct hands, it is capable of a top-10 finish on the current Dakar.
Of late Bowler's loyal customers have shown an interest in a road version of the EXR, and this is the development machine for that project. It is called the EXR-S. Where the rally car (can you call it a car?) uses the normally aspirated 5.0-litre Jag V8 running weeny FIA restrictors for around 300hp, the road car has the supercharged version, no breathing limitations and a little ECU tweak. It has 558hp, 520lb ft and, minus its interior trim, weighs 1,700kg.
The chassis balance it pretty neutral on this car, but then it's not really set up for asphalt. As you'll see - back away in the quick stuff and it'll move around as much as you want to scare yourself.
So what is it for? It's for the casual diamond mine owner who finds a G63 a bit shabby off-road at speed.
Having driven the EXR competition version, I now need to do a Rally Raid.