Auto tuner de­liv­ers South Africa’s most pow­er­ful Cruiser yet

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

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.

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