Auto tuner delivers South Africa’s most powerful Cruiser yet
TOYOTA is proud of the fact that it engineers engines to last, which is good for reputation, but rather boring in the straights.
Which is why the engineers at Steves Auto Clinic (SAC) saw fit to add a bit more life to the 4,5 D-4D V8 turbodiesel engine that makes a conservative 173 kW and 615 Nm when it leaves the factory in Japan.
It is after all a V8 fitted with two turbos, so gaining extra power should be no problem!
After countless hours spent on the dynamometer, SAC have found a way to unleash the Toyota Land Cruiser VX’s hidden power.
They freed up 20% more power and 50% more torque to give the Land Cruiser a workrate of 200 kW and 900 Newton metres in raw power, so much so that SAC call this power upgrade “The Beast”.
To free this latent power in the Land Cruiser, SAC worked very closely with the team from Dastek Power and Unichip.
The Unichip Plug and Play conversion offers five different engine maps (programmes) that have all been tested and proven in South African conditions by the SAC test engineers.
The first map allows for a standard operation, which is exactly as the engine left the factory.
Next up is a special map that changes the V8’s character to prioritise fuel economy, this is a very popular choice for city dwellers stuck in regular traffic.
Then the Off-Road and Towing selection, which completely changes the engines’ operation to befit low-down grunt and which makes the engine very responsive to even the slightest touch of the accelerator.
Map 4 and 5 will unleash “The Beast” from its cage. In Map 4 you have access to that deep well of extra power, and you will immediately feel the change in acceleration and top speed.
In Map 5 mode you will find yourself pushed back in your backrest as the big and bulky 200 Series suddenly forgets about its weight, ignores the laws of physics and bolts forward. — WR.
Making a chipped 200 kW and 900 Nm (from the original, and dare we say suddenly miserly 173 kW and 615 Nm), this looks to be the most powerful Land Cruiser yet.