Toyota South Africa celebrates one million Hilux sales with 455 PS one-off

Toyota South Africa has decided to celebrate selling the one millionth Hilux by preparing a high-powered one-off model.

Back in July, Toyota SA sold its one millionth Hilux to Pretoria businessman Shabier Aboobaker who bought a single cab 3.0 D-4D Legend 45 model. To celebrate this important milestone, they decided to create a unique (previous gen) Hilux in the form of a road-legal version of their race-spec 5.0-liter V8 off-road Hilux.

To do this, Toyota Motorsport boss Glyn Hall sourced the V8 5.0-liter engine from a Lexus IS F and further massaged to deliver 455 PS (335 kW) at 6,000 rpm. The engine specification is very similar to the race Hilux and uses a Dakar-spec inlet manifold, Pectel Cosworth engine management, full tubular exhaust and is linked to a standard D-4D gearbox and a a twin-plate AP racing clutch.

The unique Hilux also has modified front and rear differentials and has retained the all-wheel drive system while other changes include beefier brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels and a sportier suspension setup which has lowered the ride height by 50 mm.

The entire project cost almost R1 million (about $72,150) and for now it’s only a one-off, but that might change in the future as several people have already contacted Toyota South Africa to ask how much they would have to pay for such a high-powered Hilux.

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