2020 Land Rover Defender Gets Owned By Old Discovery In Off-Road Duel
The return of the Land Rover Defender to American shores was long overdue. We’re not just talking about the nearly 25-year absence since the former model left the scene. The new Defender debuted last September, but deliveries to the United States didn’t start until last month. With the models now in dealerships, comparisons are appearing and this old vs. new video of The Fast Lane car is quite interesting.
In this case, the old versus the new is not a confrontation between defender and defender. The test features a 2006 Discovery LR3, which looks quite similar to the new Defender when parked side by side. There are other similarities as well, namely a unibody design, an air suspension system and a lot of power under the hood. The Defender has a clear advantage with its boosted inline-six of 395 horsepower (295 kilowatts) versus 300 horsepower (224 kW) for the old LR3 and its 4.4-liter V8. However, the Disco rides on meaty, oversized all-terrain tires compared to the Defender’s tame all-terrain rubber. And we know how important tires are for extreme off-roading.
Speaking of which, this Land Rover competition takes place in Colorado at the Ironclads, a popular trail that offers plenty of challenges for mild and wild off-roaders. The race is simple – the two Land Rovers circle the track, the winner being the first to return to the start and finish line. Since there are several paths to take, the trail offers many possibilities for passing.
As you would expect from a video like this, there is some good humor shenanigans going on. We suspect some of the action has been pre-planned, as the new Defender typically takes the easier (but longer) path as the Discovery rolls over boulders. So it’s no surprise that the Discovery wins this competition.
However, the Defender shown here was not a media vehicle, but a demonstrator from a local dealership. As such, care was obviously taken not to endanger the defender, and we can fully understand that. Even though it was a personal vehicle, you’re still talking about a new $ 50,000 machine versus a well-used 14-year-old all-terrain vehicle worth around $ 5,000. Like it or not, an owner is less likely to take risks with a new, expensive machine, that doesn’t mean it performs less well.
In short, there is a lot to love about the new Defender. However, if the price is way out of your budget, going to older school with a used Discovery should still take you anywhere the Defender can take you.