“TARZAN” - CONTINUED SERIES?
We have already talked about the peculiar hybrid of Samara and Niva *. Next in line is Tarzan-2.
The new “Tarzan” significantly “grew up” and acquired a more spacious interior. For such a reincarnation, they did not begin to weigh the body of the VAZ 2111 station wagon with plastic plates, as on the first “Tarzan” from “Samara”. It was simply raised above the wide 15-inch wheels, the wheel arches were embossed, small stylized grilles in the front and rear and pipe-steps were added.
Under the body is hidden the already known "bounce" frame with an independent rear suspension, constructed from the front "Nivovskaya", and disc brakes on all wheels. But now the body is fixed to the frame not at eight, but at ten points. The ground clearance is the same, the same as that of the Niva - 200 mm.
The new all-terrain vehicle has become softer than the front suspension springs and the steering wheel is lighter - the steering gear ratio has been increased. In the future - the installation of power steering.
Instead of the “two hundred and thirteenth” engine, a new VAZ-2130 was installed, with a displacement of 1.8 liters and a capacity of 82 liters. with. at 5400 rpm with increased torque - 13.0 kgf.m at 3000 rpm. The car has become more “high-torque”. Experimental work is also underway on the “implantation” of the VAZ 2112 sixteen-valve engine.
Interior 2111 as if did not undergo any changes associated with all-wheel drive. But then where are the gearbox control levers? It turned out that they now "grow" horizontally from the left side of the console. The one that controls the gears is on the floor in front of the driver's seat. Another locking center differential is under the instrument panel.
I sat behind the wheel with some confusion - the interior of the usual "eleventh", and under the hood and floor - a completely different filling. And here at each traffic light, “boys” on the “fields” impose a duel on an unusual car - who is who! However, if you accept the challenge, “Tarzan” invariably comes out victorious, especially when under the wheels there is snow porridge, ice crust, and even their worst combinations. After all, he has not only all-wheel drive, but also an independent suspension of all wheels. This combination makes the car more “tenacious” and stable even on mounds covered with ice, where the back of the Niva strives to slip.
On slippery winter corners, “Tarzan” is no less reliable, instilling a sense of confidence. It is only necessary to remember that in excitement it is possible to take a turn with a skid on the tram - so that the rails will not hold.
Small irregularities under the wheels are felt more by ear - the shocks from them are almost not transmitted to the steering wheel or seat. But I even liked the behavior of the car in a rut left by a caterpillar tractor. Remember how the “Lada” or “Niva” behave in this case: something in the suspension or in the body immediately finds its resonant mode, and the car itches, threatening to fall apart on the go. "Tarzan" was walking unusually softly.
Brakes - effective, logical, well-controlled even on clean ice. However, the mention of the tram is also true for them - winter makes you act more accurately.
Well, how will the Tarzan behave in deeper snow? First, turn onto a snowy primer. The machine easily jumps from one rut to another, then crosses over both, shifting to the side of the road. And all this - without slowing down! .. Let's try to master the virgin lands.
… kneading snow for more than an hour. Well, like any car, you can "plant" and "Tarzan." But you have to try hard. In deep snow, not wanting to move forward, he will eventually stop - but he will not necessarily get stuck! Successful “evacuation” was also successful where the “Niva” would sit waiting for the tractor.
Our field trials aroused the extraordinary interest of drivers driving along the highway, especially in the "tens" and "elevenths." Why? They did not immediately realize that the Tarzan, having hidden the wheels in deep snow, from the side looks like an ordinary station wagon. True, no one dared to join us - common sense won.
Riding on ruts and deep snow revealed some of the car’s shortcomings, for example, the tendency of “Tarzan” to diagonal hanging. With a short-stroke suspension with a relatively large base, the Tarzan is still not a full-fledged all-terrain vehicle. So, steering with an increased gear ratio (4.5 turns from lock to lock) can create problems. If “Tarzana” is thrown to the side, the steering wheel will have to be turned very quickly in order to manage to turn the wheels to the required angle. A shorter steering wheel, if it is not supported by a power steering, is too heavy. A significant role was played by the increased (relative to the usual "Niva") 150 kg machine weight.
But note that fuel consumption at moderate speeds is barely affected. And if the move is "over a hundred" - due to good aerodynamics, the flow rate is noticeably lower than that of the 213th Niva.
Updated “Tarzan” - a car for outdoor activities: with the makings of an all-terrain vehicle, but with the comfort of a car. Patency "Tarzan" is fully consistent with its appearance and purpose, and therefore does not satisfy the avid "jeepers." It would be nice to supplement the car with a self-locking differential in the "razdatka", which will allow you to abandon the lock handle and power steering. After all, it is obvious that a narrow circle of buyers of this, in fact, piece machine does not spend the last money on it.
*Cm. ZR, 1998, No. 10.