FOUR hundred is a milestone number – in international cricket, only the great Brian Lara has notched up the quadruple tonne (400 not out) in an innings.
So it seems fitting to celebrate 4X4 Australia’s 400th issue with an extra 25 pages, paying homage to some of the great events and vehicles we’ve covered since the late 1970s.
In this bumper issue we dissect and drive an LS3-powered Holden Colorado, we head Stateside to trial Land Rover’s new Discovery, and we take a lap of luxury in Merc-Maybach’s insane G650 Landaulet.
We also track the famous Rabbit Proof Fence in a GU Patrol, and drive a couple of F-150s back to back.
Here’s what you’ll get for your hard-earned this month.
Reminiscing memorable moments following 38 years of off-roading.
Driving the all-new Discovery in the American desert.
Holden Colorado gets an LS3 engine injection.
F-150 ENGINE COMPARO
We pit the F-150’s V8 against the EcoBoost V6 version…
…Before smoking the dust in an F-150 Raptor.
LUDICROUS G650 LANDAULET
What the pope would take off-road.
GQ PATROL AT THE OUTBACK CHALLENGE
You don’t need a lot of money to tackle the Outback Challenge.
Tracing WA’s Rabbit Proof Fence in a loyal GU Patrol.
CAPE YORK EXPEDITION
Venturing to the widely remote regions of FNQ.
Following the Murrumbidgee River to where it meets the Murray.
Sand-hopping along the beautiful east coast.
TECH VERSUS TRADITION
Are off-roaders being left behind with the current crop of around-town tourers?
We explain EGR tech and why you shouldn’t tamper with it, we run through the types of jacks best used for particular off-road situations, and we test a couple of new products on the market: a Sea To Summit Nomad duffle and a Pressure Perfect tyre inflation system.
After more than 40 years in the industry Roothy’s still learning about engines, Fraser explains how Electronic Traction Control has changed 4WDing, Deano heads interstate for his dream ride, and Ron’s worried about the increasing amount of tar on outback roads.
Plus, our resident single-cab Cruiser spends a month in the ’burbs – how does it handle shopping centres and Melbourne traffic?
The May issue of 4X4 Australia is in stores Thursday, April 6.
Note: there may be a delay for subscribers in FNQ due to the recent cyclone.