Off-roading with the king of off-roaders
Monsoons are a time when tightly knit off-roading clubs head out in search of trail and madness. I have missed getting my boots dirty so when Team NTC invited us for their Slush Madness off-road jamboree, I jumped at the opportunity. And what better companion than the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon? It is the last word in off-roading and quite a familiar ride for me having driven it extensively, even on the Sambhar salt lake in Rajasthan for our anniversary issue. The event has a 12-kilometre mud track of slush, rocks, dips and inclines that was curated for us.
The Wrangler Rubicon felt at home here. Its short overhangs, tall ground clearance, big wheels, front and rear solid axles and a low 4.1 crawler gear ratio make the Rubicon a veritable mountain goat. While the Rubicon has the perfect hardware, it isn’t lacking in software either. It gets electronically locking front and rear differentials and a button to electronically disengage the anti-roll bar for better articulation.
Its 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor pushing out 268PS and 400Nm powered through most obstacles and the few times it got stuck was due to the thick mud sticking in the groves of the AT tyres making them smooth and slippery. Next time I’d love to head out with the Rubicon fitted with proper MT tyres. Now that would be an unbeatable combo.