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New Toyota Landcruiser Namib V8

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Based on the J70 chassis and available in petrol and diesel V8

The 4.5 litre petrol engine only manages 202 bhp but it produces 317 lb ft of torque. Not a massive amount but respectable even if it is a low figure for this size of engine. What is impressive is that the engine produces this torque at 1,200 rpm. I imagine this engine will be super reliable due to its low stressed engine. 

Despite the size of the 4.5 litre engine it still manages 25 mpg which is impressive. I’ve had 2 litre cars which struggled to achieve this. 

Despite all the efforts Toyota made to build a fuel efficient, reliable overlander, they still managed to fit a set of seat covers that look like they came out of the cheapest accessory shop in Satwa. 

The kicker? The Landcruiser Namib is only available in South Africa. 

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Only available in SA ? 

With the way things are going now in SA these cars are gonna cost 999999999999900000000000000 Rands 😔

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That's why I love the old Land Rover V8 massive torque at very low rpms and a pretty flat curve across the entire room band.

Having said that there is nothing in this world tougher than the LC pickup.

P.S : Those are water and mud proof easy slide covers to protect the actual seats underneath. There are supposed to be loose fitting

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In my (local) experience, the power and torque of this LC is more than enough to carry a load of 800- 900 kg from anywhere, to anywhere in Africa and back. The biggest advantage of the V8 is the fact that it makes most of its power at very low RPM, which translates into super reliability, which is the primary consideration when you are planning a long overland expedition. 

I agree about the price though- it is super expensive.  

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