Please allow me to elaborate......
A few weeks ago, Afzal Kahn asked me to drop a friend off at his home. I informed the big boss that I will gladly drop his friend off in my as of yet, un-named car. Kahn simply gave me the golden ticket, the keys to his very own vehicle in this instance.
The car in question was car was a Flame Red Jeep Wrangler CJ400.
I was a bit apprehensive at the outset, but little did I realise that later on in the day, I would have some trouble letting the vehicle go.....
There was a point, not at all long ago, when before you set off in a car for the first time it would have been prudent to figure out its sensitivities – the biting point, the feistiness of the accelerator, the weight of the steering and so forth.
I had expected the same would be the case with the CJ400. However, despite being bigger than most cars, it is astonishingly straightforward to drive. By the time I’d driven to the end of my road, I had already found the steering is light but composed, its accelerator is more calculated than a physics trigonometry student’s homework, and that it glides over a road surface with virtual ease.
Out towards the dual carriageway, the CJ400 moves from easy to exciting faster than you can say Chelsea Truck Company. The 5-speed gearbox is seamless and snappy, and thanks to the snorting 280bhp bull raging under its bonnet, it can go from 0-60 in 8.9 seconds with the grace and poise of a car far smaller.
And then when you find a tight bend coming up on you, slows down with confidence.
Shortly thereafter, I turned into a number of side streets and in the midst of a full blown conversation on philosophy, faith and Afzal Kahn himself; I bid the rugged framed one a fond farewell and head off back to Kahn H.Q.
Granted, the vehicle is no sports car but it is a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, even though I didn’t know what to make of the sight of a fellow motorist, at a set of traffic lights, looking on in awe, with his head seemingly moving in all directions, whilst I just minded my own business.
Probably the most unexpected thing about the whole journey though, was that I wanted to keep going, which is pretty cool. But truth be told, I was sad to give the keys back to Mr. Kahn. Who knows, maybe one day I will invest in this fine vehicle.
If red is not your colour, you can have it in the colour of your choice. The Chelsea Truck Company’s signature horizontal LED running lights are a nice touch. Towards the rear, a quad crosshair exhaust system and a set of Kahn wheels look the business.
Price: from £36,875
0-60mph: 8.9 secs
Top speed: 112mph
Economy (combined): 38.7mpg
Front Grille Industrial Mesh
Exterior - Kahn Enamel Wing Shields
Exterior - Kahn Enamel Tailgate Logo
Chelsea Truck Company Spare Wheel Cover
Brake Calipers Finished in Liquid Red
4 Slot Chelsea Truck Company Grille
Fuel Filler Cap in Satin Black
Hard Top in Body Colour
Mud Flaps (Toughened Rubber) - Set of 4
Privacy Tinted Glass Anti-Reflection Glass
Shadow Chrome Headlamps
245x75x17" Tyres (Extra Load) Set of 4
Jeep 1941 Alloy Wheels - 7.5x17" in Satin Black Accomodates Original Equipment Tyres - Set of 4
Front & Rear Seats Quilted & Perforated in Black Leather with Silver Contrasting Stitching
Interior - Kahn Investing in British Industry Logo
Key Ring - Red Enamel with Kahn Logo Quilted & Perforated Leather
Floor Mats (Toughened Rubber)
Door Entry Sill Plates in Stainless Steel
Vented Foot Pedals in Machined Aluminium