Posts Tagged ‘4wd’

The Absurdity of 21-Inch Ice-and-Snow Tires on Your Audi Touareg 4WD Station Wagon

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I don’t know, you see all kinds of wheel set-ups in the Western Addition but this rig, an Audi Q7 owned by a NoPA yuppie on Divisadero, takes the cake.

1. The ginourmous wheels have interlocked rings, so that goes to show that Audi made these ridiculous things just for this vehicle. These aren’t aftermarket wheels or nothing.

2. And the  low-profile, 295/35 tires say “ICE & SNOW” right on the sidewall, so that shows that Pirelli made some ridiculously-wide tires just for the snow.

So the owner didn’t make any great customizing effort or anything on his/her own, but the result is, if anything, more absurd than what you’d see on Pimp My Ride or whatnot.

Sure, 295/35-21 = 29.1″ tall but things still don’t add up:

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Is this a “premium” set-up? No.

Is this a “performance” set-up? No.

But did it cost a lot of dough to buy and maintain? Yes.

And is it only really useful for leaving a pair of foot-wide-plus tracks in the snow? Yes.

But do your expensive wheels mean that, at some point, you will:

need to get towed off wet grass?”

Oh well.

When oh when will the absurdly-big wheel craze come to an end?

Gelandewagens! Will the Western Addition Have Enough $100K Mercedes G-Wagens for the Great Blizzard of ’11?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

How are you going to get around in the snow tonight? That’s something to ponder while you check out these gone-to-hell, straight-outta-Austria G-Wagens owned by the Pope of the NoPA.

Achtung, baby:

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Or maybe you should just buy a new one before the snow arrives.

Stay warm!

Drive a Range Rover Up and Down in SoMA – It’s “The Land Rover Experience” at the San Francisco Car Show

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

This is the scene these days at 747 Howard, Moscone Center North, just outside of the otherwise-tepid 53rd Annual San Francisco International Auto Show.

They let you drive on and around a big pile of dirt.

See?

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Things get a little tippy:

Now, I’d never own a Range Rover product myself, but you, you go right ahead. The electronic wizardry is amazing, anyway.

Think they close up early on Thanksgiving Day, otherwise this Experience should be around until the car show ends on Sunday.

The Land Rover Experience

Range RoverThe Land Rover Experience is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Land Rover or Range Rover for a unique, off-road driving session. The sure-footed control, renowned handling and impressive agility of our vehicles have to be experienced from inside the cabin to be believed. Certified Land Rover Driving Instructors will be on hand to share tips and techniques, and guide you through the course with confidence. For more details, please visit us at the Land Rover Experience tent in front of the Moscone North Hall. Must be 18 or over with a valid driver license to drive.