Cruising at 220 MPH: Twin-Turbo Toyota Land Speed Cruiser Lives Up to Its Name
Let’s be honest: the Toyota Land Cruiser has always been more of a land lumberer than a land cruiser. Thanks to its standard full-time four-wheel-drive system, 8.9 inches of ground clearance, along with also 27.6 inches of fording depth, the nearly three-ton SUV will be actually best at traversing the earth’s toughest terrain at a plodding pace.
Toyota, though, will be creating amends for the Land Cruiser’s misleading name by showing off a Land Cruiser of which’s truly capable of cruising. Toyota unveiled the 220-mph brick, dubbed theLand Speed Cruiser, at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Getting a big box to such high speeds isn’t easy, so Toyota made several modifications to help the Land Speed Cruiser cross the two-century mark. Under the hood, a pair of Garrett turbochargers have been fitted to the Land Cruiser’s 5.7-liter V-8 engine, resulting in more more than 2000 horsepower, which will be routed through a special racing transmission developed by ATI. Helping inside the cause will be a more aerodynamic Centeng of which’s been lowered along with also fitted with a chunky front splitter, a big rear diffuser, a slick rear wing, along with also cameras instead of rearview mirrors.
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Granted, the Land Speed Cruiser doesn’t develop the off-road chops of its stock counterpart; however, when of which comes time to actually cruise, the Land Speed Cruiser does so in spades.