2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR-i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road test

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 by

Quick Review

GoodGood Hulking road presence, well equipped, comfortable;
BadBad Tad too expensive, large turning radius, in-city maneuverability, tire noise on road
SpecsSpecs 362bhp 5.7-litre V8 DOHC VVT-i, 6-speed automatic transmission, four wheel drive, 7-seater
PricePrice As tested: AED 338,000 (5.7-litre V8 – VXR-i)
RatingEditors Rating Three Star

2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary 3q front 2 614x411 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road testWhat is common between the Arctic ice and desert sands, you may think? If you guessed “extreme” climate, you guessed right and to conquer all that abominable terrain, U.A.E. in collaboration with Arctic trucks have brought an extreme vehicle into the picture, the 2011 Land Cruiser Xtreme. We drove the biggest of them dune bashing bruisers to see whether it shadows the mountain of a reputation, advertised.

STYLE EYE

The proportions of the current LC are huge as is. Add to that, the boffins at Arctic trucks have bolted on some very pronounced 75mm wheel arch fenders, a 40mm high range suspension lift and 4 rugged 17” inch alloy wheels with 35” tyres that would look the part on a JCB or Caterpillar. It truly has the hulking presence of something that beats a bunch of half-clad co-eds parading in an open-top double-decker bus! 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary side 614x409 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road testIt doesn’t really take brash boys to pull over in traffic just to have a glance at the beast for you to know that it is big, but you can expect a lot of that. Anyone who buys this will definitely feel more of a man, even women! Everything else just looks like meals on wheels except maybe its arch rival the Nissan Patrol.
This one, as on every 60th anniversary model has those strips of day-time running lamps. A nice touch! Besides that its all run-of-the-mill LC, something we all are familiar with on Middle Eastern road-scapes. Need I say more!

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

You can only imagine what powers this titan. No the LC Xtreme is not industrial grade and No! they don’t use turbo diesel engines to move them. The Xtreme we drove retains the mammoth 5.7-litre V8 VVT-i engine. The yanks might refer to it as a small block engine, but the Japanese are known to milk the motor rightly. 362 mechanical horses at 5,600 rpm and 530Nm of twisting force at 3,600 rpm at the crank is what you get, befitting the beast. In our foot-to-floor antics the LCX turned in a very commendable 8.8 seconds from 0 to a 100km/h and getting to 60km/h in 4.1 ensures that this is less of a trailer truck you haul around. In essence, it deliberates your sense for speed. It goes faster than it feels.2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary 3q rear 614x409 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road testIt is imperative that I mention, neither Toyota nor Arctic trucks have taken the liberty (or responsibility) to calibrate the speedo with respect to the new and larger tyres which BTW is of 35” diameter. At a speedo indicated 120km/h we were doing 124km/h, at 130km/h it was 135 km/h but atleast at lower speeds the difference was less; at 80 it was 81km/h. Infact Dubai police turned paparazzi and almost made a celebrity out of me, 3 speeding fines in speedy fashion. Lucky for me the dealers picked up the fines (their responsibility by default) but I don’t promise you the same fate.

RIDE & HANDLING

The soft & high lift suspension, thick rubber-ed tyres and ergonomic seats ensure that you cascade around town making urban legends of large pot holes. On the flip side there body roll is an equivalent to a banking plane; be gentle with throttle and steering wheel. The dimensions cause large concern in traffic, taking U-turns and in basement parking lots, courtesy a massive turning radius. You could probably use celestial terms to describe it.2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary interior steering 614x409 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road testFEATURES & FUNCTIONALITY

There is little to no change from the regular LC. It has all the goodies possible. Rear seat entertainment system for those back benchers, good to capture you’re children’s attention while you are at the wheel. The 14-speaker JBL audio system has very decent audio quality and to boot, you can plug-in your tailored-to-taste music into the USB slot or aux-in. It comes with a rear camera, a definite necessity especially when you park this machine of monumental proportions. Trust me leave nothing for speculation, to err is human. Besides the Start/ Stop button you also have a remote starter button on the key, just incase you want to keep the a/c running for those hot summer days. For general purposes a Dual zone climate should do just fine, but this one has a 4-zone control and draft is felt from as many as 28 air vents, a Guinness world record by itself.  2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary rear seats 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road testCruise control comes quite handy especially when traveling large distances, saving you that extra drop of fuel and incase you do run dry the Navigation system works well enough to find you a petrol station, hotel, hospital etc.
Safety has not been ignored in this tank from Toyota. As standard issue comes 8 air bags including curtain and knee airbags, for use after the impact. To help you avoid the unfortunate is the Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle stability and active traction control; all of which are at the mercy at the sheer mass of this vehicle.
Wondering where to put that bottle of water, while you traverse hot desert country? No worries! Toyota has equipped the LCX with a Cool box.

FUEL ECONOMY

We didn’t have the chance to register fuel economy figures but it is for certain that the added weight, larger frontal area contributing to increased aerodynamic drag and greater rolling resistance on the larger tyres adds up to greater gas-guzzling habits than the regular 5.7-litre LC.2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary cargo bay 614x409 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road test

PRICING & WARRANTY

The 2011 5.7-litre Landcruiser VXR-i Xtreme is priced at Dhs. 338,000 and that is a lot for a Toyota, even for a LC. I’m not sure the price tag warranties the purpose it was built for. Like everyone else, due to inflation, peer pressure and ingenious marketing catastrophe the LC too has become far fetched for the regular Ahmed, Usman or Abdul.

VERDICT

I look at the 2011 VXR-i Xtreme as an exercise of technical prowess by Toyota in a clime and country of extreme. If incase, Toyota were trying to make a capable off roader, they should know they already produce a champion, the FJ Cruiser which too can be bought in ‘Xtreme’ trim. LC’s however, over the years have become too heavy and too expensive to be seen rambling up sand dunes at Faya, Bidayer a.k.a Big Red or Area 63. For road use however, we say the regular 5.7-litre VXR-i spells a promising deal for all the space and creature comforts it provides. Nice try though Toyota, better luck next time!2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary 3q front 614x409 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road test

Specifications:

Engine: 5.7-litre V8 DOHC VVT-i
Max power (bhp @ rpm): 362bhp @ 5,600 rpm
Max torque (Nm @ rpm): 530Nm @ 3,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission
Drivetrain layout: front engine; Four wheel drive
Weight: NA kg

Performance:

0 to 60km/h: 4.1 seconds (tested)
0 to 100km/h: 8.8 seconds (tested)
80 to 120km/h: 5.8 seconds (tested)
60 to 120km/h: 8.2 seconds (tested)
Top speed: Are you nuts!!!

Price:

As tested: AED 338,000 (5.7-litre V8 – VXR-i)
Also available
As specified: AED 315,000 (4.7-litre V8 – VXR-i)
As specified: AED 273,000 (4.7-litre V8 – GXR-i)
As specified: AED 247,000 (4.0-litre V6 – GXR-i)

10 Responses to 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR-i Xtreme 60th anniversary | road test

  1. John McFarlane Reply

    June 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Looking for great deal.

  2. Raiz Mohd Reply

    December 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Hi..
    I have booked a V6 4L Xtreme.. i have been looking for reviews on that but all reviews are done on the 5.7 V8.. i have a few doubts in mind.. what is the loss of mileage thanks to the additions?? also, if at a later stage i wish to change it back to a standard edition, is it possible to do that??

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      January 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Riaz,

      Land Cruiser V6 is a capable off roader. In fact, I own one and often take it to the desert.

      The Xtreme version sold by Al Futtaim Motors is modified by Arctic Trucks. They know their off road well. The suspension setup, wheel size and some plastic parts, stickers on the body are broadly what is different in the Xtreme version.

      Loss of mileage – technically, the vehicle is higher and rides on broader tires, which means there will be some loss of mileage.

      If at a later stage you wish to change it back to standard edition, it is possible. You will need new sets of shocks, springs, tires. Whether to leave the stickers and add on plastic bits to the body is your call.

      Works? Or any more clarity needed?

      Pankaj

  3. Richie Reply

    January 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I second the comment on test driving the V6 model.  Its very difficult to find reviews on the most popular cars here in the UAE.  Its impossible to find a LC v6 Review just like it is impossible to find a Pajero review.  While we all like to dream about the luxury/sports cars you write about I doubt most of us will ever go out and buy one. 

  4. Dinesh Krishnan Reply

    January 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

    A 4X4 made with the help of Arctic Trucks with the interior of a Jumeirah property? Sounds like a perfect purchase for tour operators.. But will they?

    • George Kuruvilla Reply

      January 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

      A good suggestion Dinesh, but price is the biggest concern. I think a cheaper stripped out version will be good scout vehicle for desert patrol and police. What say?

  5. rAID Reply

    December 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    2012

  6. Syed Reply

    December 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Really very well written. 
    -The pictures showing the Legroom etc also is a bonus.

    Could you guys also review the normal GX.R v6 and the VX.R ?
    That would appeal to people more :)

    Syed 

    • George Kuruvilla Reply

      January 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thank you Syed. We will make our best efforts in reviewing the GXR-i V6 model.

  7. Mianz Reply

    December 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Best car for the desert, we are testing this in desert hope soo to get back you after one or two months with results. 

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