Is the new Toyota Land Cruiser faster without the V8?

When it comes to SUVs, acceleration times are one of the last things we think about. What we care more about is wading depth, ground clearance, and fuel economy. That said, it's nice to know if it can pack a punch.

Recently, Toyota launched the all-new Land Cruiser without a V8 engine. While it's sad that the eight-cylinder is no longer available, Toyota replaced those two missing cylinders with a pair of turbochargers. From now on, the Land Cruiser uses a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6. But it is a worthy replacement for the V8?

We tried the gas-fed V8 a few years ago in the form of the Lexus LX 570. It pulled well and made this pleasant, muted burble on idle. That engine also made 366 PS and 530 Nm of torque, which was more than enough to get the giant off its feet. Granted, it wasn't a speed machine, but it gets off the line with authority.

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However, the new boosted V6 has even more power to offer. Thanks to twin-turbocharging, the new six-cylinder engine puts out 409 PS and 650 Nm of torque. It also benefits from a ten-speed automatic transmission. However, the new Land Cruiser 300 Series is larger than its predecessor, so will its extra horsepower be for nothing? Thankfully, someone has done a 0 to 100 km/h pull in the new Land Cruiser, and it's rather surprising.

Don't believe us? Check out the Instagram video linked here and see for yourself.

Despite being bigger than its predecessor, the new Land Cruiser seems quicker than the old V8-powered models, at least against the Lexus version. So, how did it do it? Aside from having more power, the 300 Series is also lighter than the previous model by 200 kilograms.

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Judging from the video, the redesigned Land Cruiser hit the 100 km/h mark in about seven seconds. It's not too far off Toyota's claim of 6.7 seconds. That's quite the achievement given that it weighs well over 2,200 kilograms. The turbochargers also helped get that power down as quickly as possible.

With that, we're curious how quickly the new 3.3-liter turbodiesel can perform the same task. While we're not expecting it to be as fast as the gas-fed V6, it should be better than the current claim of 8.9 seconds. For reference, the new turbodiesel packs 309 PS and 700 Nm of torque - making it have 77 PS and 85 Nm more than the outgoing V8 diesel. With less weight to lug around, it might even be a second quicker.