When Toyota added “Speed” tag to its SUV, the Land Cruiser, they literally meant it. Heading straight to Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show 2016, the one-off Land Speed Cruiser SUV gets Toyota’s 3UR-FE 5.7-litre V8 engine with volleyball-sized Garrett turbochargers which lets it rub shoulders with some supercars.
With 2,000 bhp (no, that’s not a typo) on tap, it makes more power than the 8 litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine propelled Bugatti Chiron that puts out 1,479 bhp. Well, it’s still an SUV which makes it heavier than the hypercar. Yet, the Land Speed Cruiser is capable of clocking speeds of upto 220 mph or 354 kph. The engine is linked to an ATI transmission.
Apart from the mechanical upgrade, the engineers have completely overhauled the SUV for better aerodynamics. The SUV sits lower than the standard SUV and thus loses its off-road prowess for better stability at high speeds. Further improving the aerodynamics of the SUV is the addition of rear-view camera instead of mirrors.
Speaking about the colossal SUV, motorsports technical center manager Chuck Wade, who built this vehicle with his team of engineers said, “From the outside, 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.”
Check out the 2016 SEMA bound Toyota Land Speed Cruiser in action in the video below:
Here is a detailed image gallery of the Toyota Land Speed Cruiser: