4x4 Magazine Australia

January 2022

4x4 Australia takes you to Australia’s most exciting and remote destinations , and we show you how to get there! We test the latest and greatest new and modified vehicles, as well as new camping and outdoor adventure equipment. We introduce you to loads of interesting people, show you heaps of awesome holiday trips and destinations, and we put you in the driver’s seat to tackle the country’s toughest off-road challenges. It’s a whole lot of dirty fun every month!

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in this issue

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life in the 4x4 lane

TRAVEL restrictions over the past two years have seen folks, who wouldn’t normally consider owning a 4x4, buying and equipping four-wheel drive vehicles for domestic travel because international travel was effectively banned. However, the border closures within the country have stymied travels at home. Still, it’s been a good time for the 4x4 accessories industry, stock shortage issues aside, as most of the shops I’ve spoken to have been flat-out during this time fitting out mainly new vehicles. As we roll in to 2022, it’s easier to travel to the USA than it is to Western Australia, while travel among Australia’s eastern states seems to be a free for all. It has seen a lot of folks out on the roads over the NewYear and popular camp spots are filling up fast. Have…

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amarok v6 w580x coming in 2022

THE off-road-focused W580XVW Amarok, expected to arrive in showrooms during April 2022, has been developed by Australian company Walkinshaw Automotive Group. Vehicles are sent from Argentina to the Melbourne-based Walkinshaw workshop, to receive a significant makeover courtesy of its range of unique accessories. Upgrades for the W580X Amarok start with an inbuilt LED light bar in the front bumper, 18-inch forged alloy wheels with Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tyres, as well as a raised breather kit for what looks to include both front and rear differentials, as well as the gearbox and transfer case. Underbody protection is a major focus with this model, with some stout inclusions from the factory. Starting with a rear differential skid plate and a transmission bash plate that runs from the front cross member, covering the whole length…

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ford versus toyota battle rages in to new territory

WRITING this the day after the belated Bathurst 1000 touring car race, where the traditional Ford versus Holden rivalry is set to become Ford versus Chevrolet in 2023. However, in the real world and more relevant to the new-car market, the Ford versusToyota duel rages on. The Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux have been duking it out for best-selling 4x4 honours in Australia for years now, and while the Hilux ute has been Australia’s best-selling car overall on a number of occasions to date, the Ranger is chasing that title as well. Ford will turn the one-tonne ute segment on its head mid-year when it introduces its all-new 2022 Ranger with a V6 diesel engine and full-time four-wheel drive. Sure, theVW Amarok has had these features for years but it has never…

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v8 ranger wins 2021 custom 4x4 of the year

ILLA’S Ford Ranger Raptor with a Coyote 5.0-litreV8 transplant has won the Ryobi Custom 4X4 of theYear competition in 2021. A creation of Queensland mob, Killa Kustom Kables & Conversions, the V8-powered Ranger Raptor utilises a Ford Performance Coyote crate engine pulled from a written-off Mustang GT − it puts out 345kW at 7000rpm and 570Nm of torque at 4600rpm. A worthy winner of the Custom 4X4OTY crown, the V8 conversion also includes specifically engineered parts; a PWR cooling system; a new air-conditioning system with all-new hard lines; full electronics integration; full exhaust system; and full compliance. In fact, Killa’sV8 Raptor is a drive-in drive-out conversion that will set you back $56K. Despite dropping in aV8 engine, Steve Kidley from Killa told 4X4 Australia the most complex part of the build was ensuring…

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travel bulletin all the latest 4x4 news and events

BAY OF FIRES FREE CAMPING (TAS) There’s free beachside camping within the Bay of Fires Conservation Area on the spectacular east coast of Tassie. And while camping is only permitted within designated areas, it is pretty darn popular. The maximum stay is four weeks, while dogs are permitted (on a lead) in most campsites. For more info, go to: parks.tas.gov.au/explore-ourparks/bay-of-fires-conservation-area/ bay-of-fires-camping LAURA RODEO & RACES TO RETURN (QLD) After being cancelled for the last couple of years, the Laura Rodeo and Campdraft and Laura Races will be back for 2022. It’s a great weekend of racing, bull riding, fun and games. Mark the dates: June 24 to 26. CAMPING IN VICTORIA (VIC) With an upsurge of home-grown travel, a lot of people will be wanderingVictoria looking for the perfect campsite. For help, check out: campingvictoria.com; campsaustraliawide.com;…

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rethink your water use!

WE’RE always told to carry plenty of water when we head to the Outback. But what do we mean by ‘plenty’? Recently, an Acting Police Commander in the NT suggested we should carry four litres of water per person per day when out in the scrub. That comment was made after a large police search found two young fellas that had got lost south-east of the small Aboriginal community of Arlparra, located on the Sandover Highway, north-east of Alice Springs. While the young guys were lucky to survive their ordeal, the comment by the police officer got me thinking. So, how much water can you carry when heading to the desert? Recently, we were out in the middle of the Gibson Desert with a group of like-minded travellers and, as you’d expect, water…