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