Driv­ing Dis­cov­ery

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10The work in­vested in im­prov­ing the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence paid off hand­somely. Not only was it a great im­prove­ment over the D1, it could also more than hold its own against its con­tem­po­raries.

The main fac­tor was Ac­tive Corner­ing En­hance­ment (ACE), which not only con­trolled body lean for more poise on-road but also smoothed out rough road sur­faces for a fa­tigue-free ride. The im­prove­ments made to the steer­ing and sus­pen­sion gave this mid­dleweight con­tender an ad­mirable de­gree of pre­ci­sion. Less sat­is­fac­tory was the com­bi­na­tion of rear air springs and front coils: this gave an un­bal­anced feel to the han­dling, not helped by hav­ing a lot of weight be­hind the back axle.

Off-road, the ve­hi­cle was less happy. Although the rear could be raised to off­set the over­hang, the reliance on trac­tion con­trol could leave it floun­der­ing in soft con­di­tions – which could have been con­quered given a lock­able cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial. Boat own­ers also strug­gled with the lack of cen­tre diff lock – the last thing they wanted when launch­ing a boat was to in­tro­duce wheel­spin to get the Dis­cov­ery and trailer mov­ing.

The ACE sys­tem flat­tened out curves and gave the Dis­cov­ery 2 com­pet­i­tive on-road han­dling aided by the ea­ger power re­sponse from both the torquey Td5 and pow­er­ful, if thirsty V8. Away from tar­mac the D2 made easy work of rocky tracks but, lack­ing a...

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