PH BLOG: SNOW FUN WITH JLR
Top down at -16 in a Jag XKR-S Convertible and a meeting with Land Rover's very own Bigfoot...
Evoque go sideways? And b) can you drive a convertible Jag with the roof down in -16 temperatures and not freeze to death?
Hopefully the pictures will answer both of these questions for you. The Evoque proves itself to be something of a giggle on the handling track Land Rover has laid out here in Finland for us and while the Land Rover guys advise caution and sticking to the snow and ice setting and whatnot I felt PH honour demanded I instead find out which setting was best for skids. There was an interesting theory from one quarter suggesting the sand setting was actually best but I settled on a combination of Dynamic road, DSC off and gearbox in S. Plus some very hamfisted attempts at Scandinavian flicks, some of which worked, some of which resulted in dramatic exits from the track and into snow banks.
very good at stoplight getaways in LA it was time for another crucial test ahead of our full first drive coming up in a couple of weeks: how good is it at drifting on an ice circle? Clearly this is a very relevant test for any potential owner and, conscientious road testers that we are, the pressure was on to deliver.
Now I'm no Harris, but driving a Eunos on crap tyres does mean I'm familiar with the sensation of going sideways on roundabouts. On occasion. And with five times more power and a slippery surface the XKR-S doesn't need god-like driving skills to get sideways. Just as well really.