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4.2 diesel Cruiser in the dunes?

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  • AnonymousInactive

    Over the festive season I was reading various back issues, one of which was the July 2014 edition regarding an article on the new Land Cruiser 76 4.5l V8.

    I was interested to read that many tour operators prohibit the 4.2-litre model from the Namibian dune route tour.

    Please explain or advise why this is so. I thought Land Cruiser was THE off-road vehicle.

  • SA4x4
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    Hi HealeyT 🙂

    Toyota’s 4.2 naturally aspirated six-cylinder diesel, the 1HZ, is a brilliant overlanding engine because it is likely to last forever, but it puts out just 94kW and 280Nm.

    The 4.2 runs out of puff on the long dunes, especially when the Cruiser is loaded. It is very slow; a lugger rather than a revver, so it is great for rock crawling work, but not so good when needing speed in high range.

    Conventional wisdom is that petrols are better in the dunes, though the Everest we tested recently in the big Namibia dunes, fitted with the five-cylinder 3.2-litre diesel (140kW), did very well. On that note, Toyota’s 4.5-litre V8 diesel (1VD-FTV) with 151kW/430Nm, is no slouch in the dunes either.

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    ;lk

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