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455 PS Toyota Hilux V8 pickup celebrates 1 million sales milestone in South Africa

Toyota Hilux V8 pickup South Africa opposite lock
Toyota Hilux V8 pickup South Africa opposite lock

No plans for series production as of now.

This one off Toyota Hilux V8 high performance pickup truck is the automaker’s idea of celebrating the popular product’s 1 million sales milestone in South Africa. The road legal machine features extensive modification to demonstrate its wide range of capabilities.

Toyota South Africa sold its one millionth Hilux, a single cab 3.0 D-4D Legend 45 variant, to a businessman in Pretoria in July. The company decided to create the celebratory edition based on the older model rather than waiting for the already unveiled next gen version.

The one-off model is essentially a road going version of the race-spec off-road Hilux. The 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine has been borrowed from Lexus IS F. The motor is tuned to produce a massive 455 PS.

Toyota Hilux V8 pickup South Africa side

The one-off pickup truck derives its 5.0-litre V8 engine from Lexus IS F.

It’s not just a plonk-a-big-engine job as Toyota SA has also bestowed the pickup truck with Pectel Cosworth engine management, Dakar-spec inlet manifold and full tubular exhaust. The standard D-4D transmission is mated to the powerful engine by means of AP twin-plate racing clutch.

The high performance Hilux also benefits from modified front and rear differentials, stronger brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, lowered ride height (by 50 mm) and sporty suspension setup.

Toyota claims to have spent 1 million Rands (around INR 48.12 lakhs) for the Hilux V8 project and at present there are no plans for series production. The one-off truck has already managed to garner several queries from South African customers.

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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