Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Disco Dancing to a Fresh Beat

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Disco Dancing to a Fresh Beat

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Byline: MIKE TORPEY

IT'S a scary feeling knowing there are 64 million tonnes of water the other side of the wall.

But then the massive pipes protruding from the control room of the largest earth dam in Scotland suggest there's a thunderous amount of power contained just a few yards away. And there certainly is. It's called the Megget Reservoir and supplies 22 million gallons of water a day to 450,000 homes in Edinburgh.

Surrounded by rolling hills, dense forest and sweeping roads this Border region has all you could desire for testing a wholly different piece of hardware - one vying to secure its crown as king of the wild frontier.

The Land Rover Discovery 3 laid claim to more than 100 international awards, a figure that should easily be surpassed by the fourth generation model which goes on sale on September 1. Not to put too fine a point on it, Land Rover has completed a sensational job on the versatile seven-seater courtesy of a more modern profile, refined new engines, more upmarket interiors and a raft of fresh technologies. In fact you wonder whether fans of prestige stablemate the Range Rover will be keen to shell out another pounds 20,000 or so for the extra luxury. That's how desirable the new Disco has become.

The changes, and there are countless, have altered the Discovery's personality - it looks sportier and more dynamic, is put together with greater precision, is more family friendly and will appeal as a fashion statement too.

Yet the core values that have defined this Land Rover's reputation over 20 years not only remain, but shift to a higher level. Take the Disco's dynamics. New suspension components, better traction control, revised steering and larger brakes have transformed the ride and handling to the point that the big 4x4 is super smooth, riding bumps with superb balance and showing great composure on all types of surface.

There have even been enhancements to the Land Rover's key feature, Terrain Response. The driving route took us along the course of a river - boulders and all - down slopes that give you vertigo just to look at and through deep ruts bubbling with mud. …

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