Toyota’s 455-hp Hilux truck is one of the most awesome commemorative models to date

Toyota’s South African division sold its millionth Hilux truck last July. To celebrate the occasion, the car maker has built a one-off version of the roughly Tacoma-sized truck that’s powered by a potent V8 engine borrowed from none other than the Lexus IS F.

Based on the last-gen model, the commemorative pickup packs a 5.0-liter eight-cylinder engine that has been tweaked to make approximately 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 442 pound-feet of torque from 3,250 to 4,000 rpm. The modifications include an intake manifold sourced from the Hilux that Toyota built to tackle the grueling Dakar Rally, a full sport exhaust system as well as an engine management system designed with input from well-known tuner Cosworth.

The 455 ponies are sent to all four wheels via a race-spec clutch built by AP Racing, a stock manual transmission lifted straight from the diesel-burning Hilux, and upgraded differentials on both ends. Performance specifications have not been published, but the V8-powered Hilux is fast enough to require bigger brakes on all four corners.

Visually, the one-off Hilux gains a custom red, black, and gray paint job, a bull bar, a pair of fog lights, fender flares, blacked-out tail lamps, and black alloy wheels wrapped by off-road tires. It also rides slightly lower than a stock model thanks to an upgraded suspension system.

All told, the truck cost approximately $73,000 to build, a sum that doesn’t include the cost of the donor truck. Toyota of South Africa has made it clear that the truck is a one-off model designed to celebrate an important milestone. However, several interested parties have reportedly contacted Toyota to ask how and when they can purchase a high-powered Hilux, so the company could offer one as a limited-edition model based on the all-new Hilux in the not-too-distant future.

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