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a Land Rover Defender takes on an electrified old Defender

Here is a discussion that we have more and more often these days: thermal or electric? And what if you want to think outside the box? To find out, what better than to face two Defenders, champions in the field.

If there is one that has proven itself in off-roading, it is the Land Rover Defender. The legendary English 4 × 4 is as comfortable in mud as a fish in water. Suddenly, what could be more interesting than to provoke a duel between the two models to find out which engine is the most suitable to think outside the box, thermal or electric? This duel would have been even more balanced by pitting two exactly similar cars against each other, unfortunately there is no new electric Defender. and faced with the old electrified model, a previous generation vehicle would not have had the slightest chance.

A balanced duel

Here are our 2 opponents of the day: a brand new Defender 90 diesel and an old electric pickup. The diesel-powered model has a turbo 6-cylinder engine with 250 hp and 570 Nm of torque.. It can count on its technology to easily tackle any type of obstacle. On the other side, we have an old model whose mechanics have been replaced by batteries for a power of 450 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

. Here, no air suspensions or Terrain Response, but this old Land Rover can still count on several limited slip differentials and huge all-terrain tires.

Virtually impossible to decide, until …

Let the duel begin! On board the new model, no difficulty, once the right mode is chosen, the car adapts and all that remains is to press the accelerator and turn the steering wheel. A real child’s play. But it seems even simpler in the electric, there is, so to speak, nothing to do. No mode to select, just put it in “Drive” and let’s go! Ultimately, both are doing just as well. On the other hand, as soon as an ounce of bitumen appears under the wheels of our competitors, the comparison stops dead in favor of the latter.

Check out the video of this clash between two Defenders below:

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