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Lada 4×4 BRONTO — test drive SP

This SUV is listed in the model range of AVTOVAZ, but the Assembly — in small batches — is not on the capacity of the plant. Is it worth your money?

Steep sand avalanches BRONTO takes a very confident — if in advance to tuck Ponzano and to lock the center differential.Steep sand avalanches BRONTO takes a very confident — if in advance to tuck Ponzano and to lock the center differential.

Lada 4×4

Length / width / height / base 3740 / 1680 / 1640 / 2200 mmClearance 205 mmWeight / total weight 1285 / 1610 kgEngine diesel, R4, 8 valves, 1690 cm3; 61 kW / 83 BHP at 5000 rpm and 129 N·m at 4000 rpmAcceleration 0-100 km/h 17,0 withMaximum speed 142 km/hFuel/fuel reserve AI-95 / 42 lFuel consumption: combined cycle 9.9 litres / 100 kmTransmission: permanent all-wheel drive; M5, low-range transfer case, center differential with a forced lock

Lada 4×4 BRONTO

Length / width / height / base 3680 / 1713 / 1740 / 2200 mmClearance 240 mmWeight / total weight 1285 / 1610 kgEngine diesel, R4, 8 valves, 1690 cm3; 61 kW / 83 BHP at 5000 rpm and 129 N·m at 4000 rpmAcceleration 0-100 km/h With 18,0Maximum speed 137 km/hFuel/fuel reserve AI-95/42 lFuel consumption: combined cycle 12,0 l / 100 kmTransmission: permanent all-wheel drive; M5, low-range transfer case, center differential with a forced lock, limited-slip differential helical-type front and rear axles

What a beast

Lada 4×4 BRONTO — somewhere this was already true? Yes and no. In 2014, the company “PSA BRONTO”, producing snow and March and SUVs Lynx on the basis of Lada 4×4, became part of JSC “vis-Avto”, which assembles pick-UPS and vans based on a few of VAZ models.

The first obvious result of the absorption of van Lada 4×4 Lynx, which incorporates the technology used these two manufacturers. But the Lynx, despite the ownership structure of the newly formed AVTOVAZ, has not included even a line of commercial vehicles Lada. But the Lada 4×4 BRONTO from September 2017 included in the main model range of AVTOVAZ as one of the versions of production of the Lada 4×4.

What is the difference?

If you are familiar with Lynx, the technical features of BRONTO in General terms you are aware of. In front of and behind him are sabablari “Val-racing” with a locking rate of 0.65. The main pair with a gear ratio of 3.9 to 4.1 instead of the standard. Spring reinforced (Perm), front shocks — from a relative by the name of Chevrolet Niva. Wheels with “mud” tires Bontyre Stalker M/T dimension 235/75 R15 delivers Povolzhskaya shinnaya company. Standard 16‑inch spare wheel under the bonnet is now positioned as a stowaway and is supplied with the corresponding label.

Camouflage pattern is offered in as many as 17 variants. The most spectacular is “pixel”, the fee for them is about 50 thousand rubles.Camouflage pattern is offered in as many as 17 variants. The most spectacular is “pixel”, the fee for them is about 50 thousand rubles.

After version urban plastic bumper on the ex-Field is no longer perceived as something out of the ordinary, but this clearly failed. Wheels would like even more, but the larger would require a major rework.After version urban plastic bumper on the ex-Field is no longer perceived as something out of the ordinary, but this clearly failed. Wheels would like even more, but the larger would require a major rework.

As a result of improvements made up ground clearance 240 mm (205 mm vs the standard car). The arch had to be cut so the wheels were not in them closely. By the way, arches are stone chip protection. Because the track is wider on a simple BRONTO stand rubber arches — this was a Lynx. But our BRONTO — plastic Style package, developed by the Tolyatti firm “Authority”Plast. Hand Steve Mattin this machine not touched, however, turned out pretty good, especially the front: a light frown “look” stresses the character.

Under the larger wheels would need changes in the transmission and BRONTO are all standard — only rear axle reinforced frame, we at the top of the beam. Through spring cups hit the box, making the rear of the body slightly raised.

The body also has a gain — crossmember which is welded under the roof for installation of roof rails (in the list of options BRONTO present expedition roof rack).

In the city

In the beginning of the winter season on our car put studded tires Nexen Winguard 235/75 R15, and the body coated with a protective composition “alligator” — it is identical to the famous “Raptor”, but the touch is a little less “dispersed” and rough. This cover should be included in the list of options for BRONTO. Thing is cool, but from all troubles does not help: after the Yakut expedition on the body there were some large whitish scratches.

Improved insulation (as in Urbana) does not protect against habitual howling transfer case that covers the engine roar and rumble “spikes, no seeds”. Yes, and the rest is still the same short wheelbase Niva, but with increased ground clearance and high profile rubber: steering wheel has a very conditional “zero”, feed periodically, it tends to skid and acceleration to city speeds according to the level of heroism is comparable to the first attempts of mankind to overcome the force of gravity.

On the sand

But on the sand of Lada 4×4 BRONTO — in his element! Where the standard car has already started to burrow, this rushing, like a little proud tank – praise samolotem! In cash and huge clearance and toothy tires, although the spikes are no good. The steep sandy slopes of BRONTO takes without any problems, just need to stick a pre-Ponzano and to lock the center differential.

However, something in what the good old field remains a Field. Engine dramatically, “not enough,” die easy. Because of burning clutch, stalling in the saloon or in any way! (That clutch was the Prime suspect when a couple of times from under the hood started to throw white smoke. But the matter was not in him and not even boiling in the motor, but only in oil, which somehow got on the hot exhaust manifold.)

Locking differentials, actuating with a characteristic “gr.”great help when driving in a straight line, but bends at the front “block” does not contribute to screwing of the car inside the radius of the turn is increased.

Springs run through the Cup reinforcing in the box, making the rear of the body slightly raised.Springs run through the Cup reinforcing in the box, making the rear of the body slightly raised.

On snow

Night the snow has covered everything that reminded him of a beautiful dry autumn. In the morning very useful a heater “seats” (different seat from Samara to name difficult) — even though a single-stage heated and heats only the pillow (but heated!). Mirrors also dumped ice and dry for a few minutes, but the windshield had the old-fashioned pick scraper.

At the first traffic light start, it became obvious that our BRONTO is the fastest car in town! Samolocie show themselves in the most favorable light: while “adoptively” and even polnoprivodnyj dead center couplings mashing slush with their, “Brontosaurus” bullet and gleefully squeals razdatkoy already at the next intersection. In this case, if not to fool, BRONTO and slippery arcs is very confident — not trying to fall out of rotation. The degree of locking differentials are chosen well: the “rake” helps, and handling almost does not worsen.

We do not deny myself the pleasure. snowy forest and tried to find the limit of the machine. BRONTO allows you to safely go where conventional Lada 4×4 long village to the suspension or — in the absence of cross-axle samolotow and tyres easier — stalled. But to overestimate the capabilities of the BRONTO is not necessary, because of ground clearance and tires and power lock (only 65%) may not be enough in the most unlikely, godforsaken place. The steeper the SUV… well, you know.

Interior BRONTO — as a normal Lada 4×4 in the Deluxe version. Trademark BRONTO put the wheel from Urbana, but our car is considered a prototype, albeit have been in the expedition in Yakutia with the notorious “Savages,” but because the wheel normal.Interior BRONTO — as a normal Lada 4×4 in the Deluxe version. Trademark BRONTO put the wheel from Urbana, but our car is considered a prototype, albeit have been in the expedition in Yakutia with the notorious “Savages,” but because the wheel normal.

For someone?

Lada 4×4 BRONTO is a perfect second or even third car in the family. As if dad was thinking to buy a quadrics, but realized that for the same money you can take as much as a new “field”, and even with special training. And the dealer, with warranty and no headaches with registration. Although, if you take the BRONTO in the “maximum speed”, it turns out that as ATV dad was considered something very premium: for BRONTO in the Style bodykit, foglights and camo please 740 000. No fancy “pixel” color nor protective of “alligator” in the factory price is not yet listed, and each is able to raise the price another 50 thousand.

Air conditioning, heated front seats and heated electric mirrors, electric Windows, ABS, and audio preparation — it’s all there and the usual Lada 4×4.Air conditioning, heated front seats and heated electric mirrors, electric Windows, ABS, and audio preparation — it’s all there and the usual Lada 4×4.

On the other hand, you can take the BRONTO in one of six standard colors and with a simple rubber arches is a spectacular kit for 676 000. Heated seats and mirrors, air conditioning, ABS in car will be. The usual Lada 4×4 with the same equipment would cost 508 000. Out, extended off-road Arsenal drawn to 168 000 rubles. “Factory tuning” is no more self-refinement of the machine to a similar level.

From November to March the VAZ SUVs sold particularly well, and right now the demand for BRONTO is growing steadily. Monthly workshops vis-Auto collect 100-120 cars — pre-developed naked body and sending it to color back to AVTOVAZ. Each of the collected cars already ordered. There are corporate sales and even exports: last year, 25 of such cars under the name of the Lynx acquired the customs service of Armenia, 20 cars sent to Europe. So his track BRONTO will find that despite all the inherited Fields from flaws.

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