If I say that a 2,000-horsepower SUV has made an appearance at this week’s SEMA, what manufacturer comes to mind? You are most likely wrong.

The Land Speed Cruiser — wink wink — boasts a 5.7L  twin-turbo V8 engine rated at a whooping 2,000 hp. Max ground speed? Somewhere around 345 km/h.  This project has been lead by Toyota’s motorsports technical center. The center’s manager, Chuck Wade, commented that the changes are subtle and that this Land Cruise looks otherwise normal. Unless you see a low-riding Land Cruiser on every street, this isn’t exactly subtle.

The chassis is riding low on the set of five-spoke Momo wheels and the hood has been redesigned to improve aerodynamics and receive the two humongous volleyball-sized Garrett  turbochargers. It also features an ATI transmission with a wet clutch.

This is one SUV that will smoke any take off and leave everyone else behind, in the dust, wondering what just happened. The Land Speed Cruiser will be on display at SEMA until Thursday.


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Sabrina Giacomini

Sabrina loves cars and hates writing bios, except she’s been told that she can’t get away with writing lazy introductions anymore. So here goes nothing: a long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away called Quebec, a girl was born, destined to love Mustangs, ride motorcycles and master the Force. A Bachelor in Art History and an essay on the positioning of the Morgan cars in the modern definition of the Arts and Crafts movement later, the girl-turned-woman is now thriving in the realms of automotive/motorcycling journalism and geekery of all genre, pretending to use the Force to open automatic doors and to know what she’s doing at the wheel of awesome cars. Sabrina also enjoys walks on the beach, pina coladas and endless sentences.

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