HI HO SILVER!
MOST people would call us crazy for attempting the trip to Birdsville in a Land Rover Discovery Sport, but even though its stylish exterior is better suited to ferrying kids to weekend sport, it’s a lot tougher than you’d expect.
The Discovery Sport has the style of a Range Rover Evoque with the a Discovery badge. It’s packed with Land Rover’s Selecterrain system, wade sensors and a 360-degree-visibility surround camera system.
When I picked up my trusty silver steed for an all-girls trip to the races – led by our friend Dave Darmody from Australian Offroad Academy – I did wonder if the Disco would make it. The Birdsville Track has a reputation of shredding tyres, particularly after rains and around race week, so we were in trouble if we arrived just before it was due for grading. Luckily that wasn’t the case, and the Discovery kept up with the convoy with an ease and grace we didn’t expect.
As the landscape changed to gibber and sunburnt plains, though, so did the Discovery Sport’s comfort levels. We found leaving the Selec-terrain system in Normal mode provided the nicest ride.
Fortunately, we made it to Birdsville without any trouble, and it was looking like I was going to return to the 4X4 office with bragging rights intact.
That was until we blew a tyre not far from Big Red. I still made it to the top of Big Red, but I can’t say the same for ‘Hi Ho Silver’.