Tirez: Street vs Off-Road, Stock vs Modified
Before Skoda brought out the Karoq, now one of its most popular products, the Czech company had the Yeti. As a tiny European SUV, it possessed a type of rugged appearance and VW Group engineering beneath the bodywork. Though it wasn’t as nicely received as the Karoq, when it came out, it provided some much needed diversity in the growing crossover sector. The Yeti ceased prospective production in 2017, yet has since become a top-level selection among pre-owned automotive buyers on the continent.
The strong profile of the Yeti, although not necessarily being accompanied by superb off-roading abilities, could certainly handle some decent amounts of terrain past asphalt ways. Supplementing minor changes improved it’s capabilities even moreso; and a newly released drag-race video clearly demonstrated exactly that and the potential it possessed for off-road trials. To illustrate this better, there’s no better confrontation than putting the Yeti opposite one of the undisputed rulers of unpaved roads – The Mercedes-AMG G63.
This might come across as a peculiar pair, especially considering the value of these vehicles. A base model G63 can begin at approximately $180,000 in the USA before any add-ons are included. On the flip side, the secondhand, altered Yeti is estimated to be somewhere near $2,500, however, you won’t be able to snatch one up in North America. The discrepancies below the hood are even greater.
The 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 within the G63 yields 585 brake horsepower and 627 pound-feet (850 newton-meters) of torque, distributing its power to all four wheels through a 9-speed automated transmission, 3 interlocking differentials, and some other intriguing characteristics to form the SUV more competent. In contrast, the Yeti is only packed with a 2.0-liter diesel engine delivering 180 HP accompanied by a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. Although, that’s not the exciting part about the Yeti as it has been raised heavily from its factory form and features special tires and lower body defense.
Thus, in relation to power and torque, the G63 is definitely advantageous. Nonetheless, unsurprisingly, it bears much more weight, as well as being outfitted with road tires. So what can we conclude when assessing its capabilities in off-road situations? Let’s delve into it and seek an answer.
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