Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
3 minute read
23 Oct 2021
8:00 am

2.6-ton Toyota Land Cruiser 300 petrol outsprints Golf 6 GTI!

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Speed becomes the ‘Master of Africa’s’ latest attribute alongside its hard-earned reputation for off-road capabilities and reliability.

Despite its weight, the Land Cruiser 300 is no slouch.

Over the course of its 70 year existence, the Toyota Land Cruiser has earned a reputation for many things. Reliable, capable, durable, dependable and tough are but a handful of the usual attributes associated with the iconic “Master of Africa”. Speed? Not so much. Even though the outgoing’s LC200’s sole engine option, a 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo oil-burner, had buyers in a mad frenzy before the arrival of the non-V8 Land Cruiser 300, it still was no rocket. The 195 kW of power it delivered was enough to provide cruise ship-like comfort on the open road, with the added option of...