Submitted by ArieK on December 15, 2012
Most popular SUV's with good (highway) driving characteristics like X5 and Q7 are not considered 'real' offroad machines like Landrovers or Landcruisers mainly because of their lack of Low Gearing. I'm no expert but what I understand about the concept of low gearing is it gives you maximum torque and maximum control at low speeds.
Wouldn't it be possible to create the effect of low gearing through a software fix in the Model X which would use the instant torque of the motors while limiting top speed to about 30 mph. This way you could use the full travel of the accelerator pedal for maximum control. Assuming it's all 'fly by wire' that would be relatively easy.
Anyone have any thoughts if this could work? If this is possible it would be another awesome selling point for the Model X and would make the car even more useful. Not just for commuting to work or soccer practice but some real outdoor adventures!
Just imagine selecting the setting Ultra High on the air suspension and Ultra Low on the gearing, all from the comfort of the touchscreen, and nothing that will get in your way :-)
If this won't do the trick, does anyone have other ideas to make the Model X more of a rugged machine?