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Six-Wheeled Toyota Land Cruiser Is The Unstoppable Truck Ready For Anything

Key Takeaways

  • South African armoring specialists develop Toyota Land Cruiser six-wheeler known as TAC-6.
  • Six-wheel drive truck designed to support Special Forces in war zones.
  • Sophisticated chassis, brakes, and suspension ensure the TAC-6 is near-unstoppable.

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Toyota Land Cruiser six-wheeler pickup, South African armoring specialists ArmorMax have just the thing for you: meet the TAC-6, a versatile six-wheel-drive truck created with the Special Forces in mind. Based on the near-indestructible Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series, the TAC-6 has been thoroughly developed with an upgraded engine, a new ZF eight-speed transmission, and a state-of-the-art- suspension system.

The 4.5-liter diesel V8 has been tuned to produce more grunt, with 257 horsepower and 524 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all six wheels via a manual gearbox, but customers can opt for an eight-speed ZF transmission at extra cost. ArmorMax says the 8HP90 auto ‘box has been purpose-built for use in the TAC-6 and has been developed to “exceed the demands of modern warfare.” It’s worth noting the V8 is offered exclusively with a manual gearbox, but the latest update to the 70 Series finally lets customers pair a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel with an automatic transmission.

Designed To Dominate Just About Any Terrain

Built to withstand almost anything, the eight-speed transmission has high-strength gears, bearings, and sophisticated cooling systems that ensure it operates at optimal levels, even in high-pressure environments. For vehicles fitted with a heavy-caliber gun platform, there’s an optional automatic hydraulic stabilizer system for the transmission, which negates the pivoting movement associated with these weapons.

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Of course, the rest of the components have been strengthened, too. The driveshafts have been crafted with heavy-duty Dana parts and withstand plenty of abuse. TAC-6 also boasts a drop-forged drive coupler, which is 115% stronger than the standard component. The company notes this is a hugely important part, ensuring “seamless power transmission between the factory transfer case and the 6×6 transfer case.” Elsewhere, the chassis uses 0.2-inch-thick steel and stiffeners to provide the best possible strength and load-carrying capacity.

Customizable Suspension And Wheel Options

The suspension system uses the standard-length leaf springs and various OEM components. ArmorMax (which has even armored the Golf 8 GTI) says this allows for further owner customization with lift systems and different tire sizes. Lift systems, ranging from two to four inches, are available, while tire sizes range from 31 to 35 inches. Unique axle housings boast a full-floating three-piece side shaft setup, allowing on-the-fly repairs. The side shaft and the components between the rear axle housings mean the TAC-6 retains its 6×6 capabilities even if two rear side shafts have been removed or damaged.

Overall, ArmorMax says the platform increases traction by 50%, allowing the TAC-6 to outperform its four-wheel drive counterparts off-road. Sand floatation is a strong point. Even weight distribution across all four axles means the six-wheeler sails through the sand. On the road, the addition of a third axle improves traction and stability. Bead-lock wheels, built to handle heavy loads, carry a rim rating of 3,648 lbs per wheel. Behind them, you’ll find the upgraded braking system, which provides 50% more braking power than a 4×4 vehicle. ArmorMax claims the braking system has a thermal capacity of up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit.

Costs An Arm And A Leg

The TAC-6 can be fitted with STANAG level 1 armor. This 360-degree security solution ensures protection against assault rifles from all areas. The standard glass is replaced with 1.57-inch thick ballistic glass, while the body receives armoring. Of course, not all TAC-6s will be used on battlefields, so armoring is optional. ArmorMax says it is well-suited to myriad tasks. It can be used in the mining industry, as a game drive vehicle on safaris, or even a water tanker. All examples come standard with a total useable fuel capacity of 79.2 gallons, allowing for a range of more than 1,200 miles. A 161-gallon tank can be fitted to single-cab versions.

As for pricing, the base TAC-6 conversion with a manual transmission is 1,558,000 rands ($81,500). STANAG Level 1 armoring adds 850,000 rands ($44,500) to the price tag. Discreet B4 or B6 armoring solutions are available for 880,000 rands ($46,000) and 1,296,000 rands ($67,850). Of course, this doesn’t include the cost of the donor car. If you like the look of the TAC-6 but want something more luxurious and road-friendly, perhaps the Hennessy VelociraptoR 6×6 will be to your liking.

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