Mazda BT50 3.2 4x4 AT
Licence to light
The Mazda BT50, now in the final stages of being turned into a real-world, practical overlander, should, quite possibly, be classified as a weapon.
Not because of the ARB bull bar, or this or that... instead, it’s the set of ARB Intensity driving lights that should be sold with a licence to operate. The AR32 lights retail for over R30 000 for the set, which seems quite
exorbitant. However, when they come to the party at night, they make day of night.
Once or twice, we briefly and subtly flashed the main beams to indicate another vehicle could turn ahead of us, or to let them know they were driving with their brights on. But there are no subtle messages, with these babies: all we’d see were mouths full of white teeth, eyes wide open and often, a dangerous swerve of their automobiles.
Once, momentarily forgetting about the impact of the lights, we may have scared the living daylights out of a family as we flashed to indicate they could go first at a three-way stop. Sorry!
It’s on a quiet, dark B-road where they really come into their own and that’s exactly what they were designed for: to provide safe illumination on remote overland trips, at night. On such a road you realise exactly why they cost such a pretty penny.
Mileage: 7 125km Average consumption: 11.2 litres/100km Rand per kilometre (@ 13.38 per litre): R1.50 Tank size: 80 litres Distance per tank: 714km THE GOOD: Laid-back character, those ARB lights (on an overland trip) THE BAD: Fuel consumption is up, thanks to all the extras, those ARB lights (in town)