Watch Toyota's bonkers 2,000-hp Land Speed Cruiser as it hits 230 mph

From SEMA to the record books

So, SUVs are the elephants in the automotive room, right? Could be, but some specimens are absurdly fast.

There's a long list of modern SUVs that would mock most sports cars in a straight line. Some of the names on it include the likes of Dodge Durango SRT, BMW's X5/X6 M and custom-built methanol guzzlers like the Jeepenstein or this 3,000-horsepower Nissan Patrol.

Toyota's Land Speed Cruiser, on the other hand, is a hybrid. Not in a save-the-poppies way, but in the sense that Toyota modded its SUV for a peculiar mission: to set the straight line on fire and become the “World’s Fastest SUV.”

And according to Toyota, the 2,000-horsepower Land Speed Cruiser did just that as it reached 230.2 mph (that's 371 km/h) during a run that's been "GPS-verified and video-documented." 

In the process, the steroidized Land Cruiser smashed the previous record by 19 mph (30.5 km/h). 

For that to happen, the SUV relied on a 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8 possessed by two Garrett turbochargers but also saw its ground clearance being cut down. Then, a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires were thrown in to extract as much grip as possible from the asphalt.

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