The 2016 edition of the world’s largest aftermarket equipment show, which opened its doors in Las Vegas yesterday, saw the world’s largest carmaker bringing no less than 30 vehicles, all with a mandate to either “honour the past, explore the present or reveal the extreme.”
The most extreme of the lot is the Land Speed Cruiser, which is quite simply the world’s fastest SUV. It might not look that extreme, apart from the lowered ride height and a few changes to the exterior. But what’s underneath is utterly insane to say the least. The 5.7-litre V8 from the stock Land Cruiser has been wrung out to somehow make 2,000 horsepower, yes you heard it right… two thousand horses. This has mainly been achieved by dropping two massive Garrett turbos into the mix, which helps the gargantuan people mover to a hypercar-baiting top speed of 354kph. That’s a good 53kph faster than the Bentley Bentayga.
In the Middle East, you’d surely have come across ‘Xtreme’ versions of the Land Cruiser and the FJ Cruiser. But an Xtreme Corolla is stretching the idea a bit far, isn’t it? Well, Toyota seems to think otherwise. Naturally, the Xtreme Corolla shown at SEMA is a far cry from your regular four-door family saloon. Redesigned to be a two-door coupe, it wears an eye-searing dual-tone paint and rides on a set of equally intense red wheels. Toyota says the engine is turbocharged and mated to a six-speed manual, which explains those Sparco racing seats.
The next over-the-top machine Toyota has on show is the Sienna Swagger Wagon, which boasts a super wide track, performance wheels and tyres, massive TRD brakes, a splitter, rear diffuser, spoiler and dual exhaust. Meanwhile, the Toyota Prius G is here to prove that hybrids are also capable of handling twists and switchbacks. This car apparently pulled .99 g on the skid pad at Willow Springs International Raceway, which puts it in pretty much the same league as a Corvette or a Viper.
There are two other cars that caught our interest from the Toyota stand, which are the GT86 CS-Cup, wearing livery that pays homage to the brand’s racing heritage, and the Tacoma TRD Pro Race, which will be the company’s official entry into the “Great American Off-Road Race”— the MINT 400.