At the 2016 SEMA Show, Toyota Motor Co. showed off a modified, performance-tuned Toyota Land Cruiser that it bills as the “World’s Fastest SUV.”
The Land Cruiser is a very capable vehicle known for its off-road prowess, but speed hasn’t exactly been its forte… except now. The aptly-named Land Speed Cruiser eats the world’s fastest sports cars and supercars for dinner.
Powered by the same 5.7L V8 as the regular model, but featuring two big turbochargers that significantly boost output to over 2,000 horsepower, it can accelerate to a top speed of 220 mph!
A special transmission has been installed to handle the crazy amount of power.
Steve Appelbaum, Toyota Motor Sales national engagement marketing manager, stated:
“With the Land Speed Cruiser, we are breaking all of the normal conventions of what an SUV should be. This is a vehicle is truly a feat of engineering.”
Hyundai Veloster Grappler Is Ready For Off-Road Adventures
More than an off-road vehicle, it is also a “self-contained command center.”
Hyundai has transformed Veloster into a rugged all-terrain vehicle, calling its new creation the ‘Veloster Grappler’.
Slated for the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Hyundai Veloster Grappler concept tackles the rugged outdoors with a higher ground clearance than the hatchback on which it is based, as well as steel-tube front and rear brush guards, knobby all-terrain tires, and extra LEDs for illuminating the trail.
The car’s fun factor is amplified by a custom vinyl exterior with a ghosted Hyundai-themed livery and a Borla cat-back exhaust system.
A roof-mounted Thule utility basket with a high-output lighting system from Baja Designs lets you carry more gear, while a removable solar panel from Goal Zero powers an an interior-mounted, all-electric portable power station for remote adventures.
Speaking of the interior, it is outfitted with Recaro seats, a roll cage, traction mats, the aforementioned Goal Zero portable power station, first aid and roadside kits, an oversized utility shovel, a Napier outdoor dome tent, Scosche Mounts, and Goal Zero crush lights.
The Hyundai Veloster Grappler showcases a combination of one-off customizations and accessories available for the regular Veloster.
Hyundai 45 EV Concept Pays Tribute To 1974 Pony Coupe
It foreshadows the design and technological developments of future production EVs.
Hyundai has unveiled the 45 EV Concept, an all-electric vehicle that pays tribute to the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, the car that introduced the Korean automaker to the world.
Visually, the 45 EV concept features an attractive yet minimalistic design that blends futuristic and throwback touches inspired by the Pony. Highlights include a monocoque-style body that’s said to evoke aircraft construction from the 1920s.
Not only does the name reference 45 years since the Pony Coupe first appeared, but it is also tied to the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, forming a diamond-shape silhouette that Hyundai says previews the design direction of future production EVs.
The interior supposedly feel like a living room outfitted with new pieces of furniture, boasting rotating seats that swivel towards occupants as they open the door to improve ingress and egress. A new hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) serves as the side mirrors and opens the door for self driving applications.
Hyundai left out any details about the electric powertrain and how much driving range it offers, but we expect at least 400 miles (644 km).
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.