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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This 6×6 Toyota Land Cruiser is a Dune-Crushing Monster


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When in doubt, add another set of wheels. That was, not long ago, the mantra of the wildly over-the-top Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6—a six-wheel drive off-road behemoth with a twin-turbo V8 and 544 horsepower to spare. It was a legendary truck, and with only 100 or so built, a rare one too. 
But Mercedes-Benz isn’t the only firm that’s good at adding another set of drive wheels, Australia’s Multidrive Technology is quite adept too, and they’ve been doing it for over 20 years.
In a partnership with the United Arab Emirate’s NSV group, the company produced this goliath Toyota Land Cruiser 6×6.

It stands unapologetically tall, boasts a bumper-to-bumper length of over 20 feet, and like most Land Cruisers, it’ll survive practically anything you throw at it. Take a look at its grin-worthy showreel, below.

As you might expect, the big Land Cruiser comes packing quite a bit of power. NSV says the 4.0-liter gasoline V6 has been supercharged and now punches out 398 horsepower and 364 lb.-ft. of torque, put to the ground through a five-speed manual gearbox and all six wheels.

This type of conversion puts these pickups among some of the most capable off-road leisure vehicles in the world, but there’s also a practical angle too—many Land Cruisers are converted to six-wheel drive for military, mining, emergency response, and firefighting duty.

If you fancy one, a 4.5-liter turbodiesel V8 is also available with an automatic transmission. While this one is a double cab variant, you can also spec-up a single cab version with a low-side cargo box in the back. However, in either case you’ll have to keep your big 6×6 abroad. Toyota doesn’t sell this generation—a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series—on US shores, pity.

Photo Credit: Multidrive Technology, NSV