Conversely, more modern suvs use an integrated, monocoque chassis, an independent front, suspension more modern suvs like the larder never originally launched in russia. In 1977, the naval was the first mass produced modern style 4×4 and remains in production, largely unchanged. To this day there are coil springs. All round independent front and a live axle rear, but despite much of it being based on fiat components developed in the 1960s, was the neva actually ahead of its time to see just how far things have come, though we're going to test the flexibility of these two By measuring their ramp travel index, then we'll strap them together and see how modern low range gearing fares against 35 year old russian tractor tyres. Now you can read the full comparison between the jimny and the neva on car advice.com. Of course, don't forget to subscribe to stay up to date with all our latest videos hit the bell icon to receive a notification every time a new video is published and hit us up in the comments below with any questions, suggestions or comparisons that you would like To see an rti or ramp travel index is a way of measuring suspension flex, you put the front, lift wheel on the ramp and drive forward until the rear tyre on the same side lifts off the ground. The index is the distance travelled up the ramp, divided by the vehicle's wheelbase or multiplied by a thousand for this test. Our ramp is at a 10 degree angle, to add some context.
We measured the rti of this ford, ranger raptor, which traveled 230 centimetres up the ramp and has a wheelbase of around 3.2 meters for an rti of 736. First up the suzuki now solid front. Axles offer a simple and robust off road solution and it makes suspension, repairs and modifications quite a bit easier. But while effective solid axles tend to be heavier and less flexible than independent setups on our ramp, the jimny traveled 163 centimetres over a wheelbase of 225 centimeters for a result of 724 lower than the raptor, but not too far off the shorter wheelbase here, helping the Overall result now the neva, with its 43 year old, independent, double wishbone setup, it might not be as customisable as the jimny, but the ifs design offers more control behaviour in broader conditions to the ramp. Well surprisingly, the little latter managed 182 centimeters against a 2.2 meter. Wheelbase, which is better even than the raptor, resulting in an rti of 827., we even tried it backwards, where the solid axle offered even more flex, to deliver an rti of 845, showing that the added travel in the nevis, coil springs and the short wheelbase still make It a clever little truck nearly half a century on that's, even a little bit further 196.. Hey all right, you're up well it's, our final test and what better way to see how uh low frills off roading has come than to tie the two guys together.
Here with the chimney, we have modern fuel injected power, low range gearing, but on road, biased tyres, whereas over here we have a 1960s era, carburetted fiat engine, but very strong all terrain russian tractor tyres let's see just how far things have come. Applause in three two one go Music. Well, that was a lot of fun and while we didn't get a concise winner in the tug of war, the latter held its own against a much more modern car. That said, the standard suspension articulation from the monocoque chassis and independent front and live axle rear on the neva outperformed, the jimny on our ramp test. The chimney, though, is much quieter, more comfortable and the brakes actually work saying that maybe the advances that we've made have not been in flexing and tugging, but perhaps in creature comforts. Instead, now you can read the full comparison of the suzuki chimney against the larda neva. At car advice.com, as always, hit subscribe to stay up to date with all of our latest uh reviews, comparisons and old versus new tests.