Toyota has been making headlines with the Land Speed Cruiser, which is being showcased at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Built for the speed, the Toyota Land Speed Cruiser features a demon-summoning 2,000bhp V8 engine that strolls up 354kmph (220mph).
This 5.7-litre potent motor is boasted with a pair of Garrett turbochargers and a special Automatic Drag Racing Transmission developed by ATI. These volleyball-sized turbochargers suck in air from the specially designed inlets mounted on the bonnet.
For the record, Toyota claims that the Land Speed Cruiser is the “world’s fastest SUV”, and it “will write a new chapter in the SUV’s history book”. Even if we compare it with Bugatti Veyron, one of the world’s fastest supercars, the Land Speed Cruiser is nearly two-folds more powerful. It also beats the Lamborghini Centernario and Rimac Concept One that can hit a maximum speed of 349kmph (217mph) and 356kmph (221mph) respectively.
This 4X4 beast carries a more aerodynamic and barring roll cage and lowered stance. The SUV also features a big rear diffuser, a stylish front splitter, a slick rear wing and cameras. With a ground clearance of 8.9-inch and 27.6-inch fording depth, this speedy mammoth can handle the world’s toughest terrain.
“From the outside,” explains Toyota motorsports tech centre manager Chuck Wade, “the Land Speed Cruiser appears quite normal, quite subtle. This is what makes it so special. Every single system and component has been touched. The trick is getting the body back onto the heavily modified frame”. “I love the challenge of taking a vehicle and making it stronger, faster. Making something beyond outrageous keeps me coming back for more”, he added further.
Along with the Land Speed Cruiser, Toyota has also displayed the first-generation 1961 Land Cruiser, 2017 Land Cruiser and other specially designed vehicles at the event. Whether this 4X4 beast will actually go into production, is still unclear. However, it’s always fascinating to see a regular vehicle in a totally different avatar.