If you need to make a quick getaway off-road, armored vehicles don't get better than this.
The experts over at Inkas Armouring have revealed the ultimate armored overlanding SUV, based on the 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser 76. This rugged off-roader is not only adept at climbing rocks and dominating mountains but can also protect its occupants from a hail of bullets - and even pesky grenades.
While Inkas is better known for its more luxurious creations, the "Expedition Spec" takes a more rugged approach to VIP protection. The company notes this is the ideal transport for anyone who requires protection and off-road capability, and the Land Cruiser delivers with BR6-rated armor. This can stop high-power rifle ammo, as well as the "simultaneous detonation of two hand grenades below the vehicle's floor."
This rolling fortress comes equipped with an Inkas-engineered skid plate that also serves as a blast protection shield. The suspension has been upgraded with heavy-duty components to support the added weight, while the doorframes have been reinforced and include stronger hinges.
Other upgrades include a custom bash bar and an aluminum roof rack. Up front, you'll find a power winch, an essential accessory when you're exploring in the woods or escaping bad guys cross country. While dependable and unstoppable off-road, the Land Cruiser has a shockingly harsh ride. Thanks to the suspension upgrades (and added weight), Inkas claims the Toyota has a far smoother ride and an increased payload.
The interior isn't the last word in luxury. A spartan cabin is utterly devoid of frivolities. By that, we don't mean it's missing Apple CarPlay (which it is) but rather the most basic of features. There's not even a rev counter, let alone a reverse camera or climate control. Then again, this won't matter much to the VIP in the back who is trying to escape danger.
Toyota's Land Cruiser 79 was designed to be rugged, and Inkas has built on that idea.
The company makes no mention of the engine, but in other markets, the Land Cruiser 76 is available with a turbocharged 4.5-liter V8 diesel engine that produces 202 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. It's not exactly powerful, but the Land Cruiser is all about longevity, and the unstressed V8 motor is easily one of the toughest out there.
Inkas makes no mention of pricing, but we're guessing this level of protection and capability doesn't come cheap. Should you want an even more extreme take on the armored Land Cruiser, South Africa-based SVI Engineering will happily direct you toward MAX 3, a hardcore machine that can fend off attacks from just about anything.
In the near future, Inkas will also introduce an in-house designed braking system for armored SUVs like the Lexus LX and several GM SUVs, and it will reportedly bring renowned brake specialists to shame.
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