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THUNDERA
THUNDERA

Of course, another benefit is fuel efficiency. While 15-16 mpg in the Rover is respectable (well, its better than I would've expected) the Touareg can easily achieve 20 mpg in the hills at highway speeds. At the moment, diesel is around 25 cents/gallon cheaper than premium fuel where I live. As you mentioned in the column, us Americans really do need to grasp the concept that is the modern diesel engine. There has been an uptick in models with diesel equipment and advertising new diesel models but we are a long way off. The only way to get it to stick with the American psyche is to keep pounding the knowledge into us. Eventually, it will stick. An increase in diesel refining capacity won't hurt either. I'll make you a deal you work on the former, I'll tackle the latter.

THUNDERA
THUNDERA

In Colorado and the I-70 corridor (by the way, it's just I-70, not "the 70") forced induction is almost a necessity if you want the confident feel of reserve passing power. I had a supercharged V8 Tundra (the 500 hp version) and while it charged over the passes with relative ease, it was tough to swallow the 13 mpg penalty for doing so and it didn't go around curves so well either. My mountain chariot as of late has been the venerable V10 TDI Touareg where all that's needed to summon triple digit speeds uphill at 9000' is a light press on the throttle which equates to shutting the wastegates and summoning an extra 200 lb-ft of torque for your passing pleasure. It's a drama free operation - the tachometer and speedometer needles simply begin to rise from their current position at proportional rates no downshift needed. And this is one beauty of the turbocharged diesel engines, isn't it?

THUNDERA
THUNDERA

Jonny - Nice write-up. Being a native to the Denver area I have made the drive to Vegas a time or two. Its lengthy but provides decent scenery. I agree mostly with your sentiment on the Range Rover - a very nice machine that does everything with class and is as at home on the trail as it is in the valet lot.

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