With Toyota’s upcoming LC300 finally primed and ready for launch the covers have been finally lifted on what we can expect to see under the bonnet in dealer lots later this year. Powered exclusively by the upcoming F33A-FTV engine the LandCruiser will have one of the smallest but most potent engines ever to wear the badge. At just 3.3L in capacity the twin turbo V6 punches out an impressive 227kW and 700Mm.
New turbo design
Helping make the small capacity turbo-diesel even more responsive is a hot vee design. Traditionally a V engines intake is on the inside of the V, and the exhaust ports on the outside. The F33A-FTV engine flips that with the exhaust ports pointing in allowing for shorter distances for the spent gases to travel before spooling up the twin turbos. The new turbo arrangement is different in design not just layout too. Where the previous 4.5L V8 had one turbo for each bank of cylinders, both working independently. The new engine has a small turbo spinning at low-rpms, before feeding into a larger turbo to put the real power down.
Toyota will be mating the new V6 to a new 10-speed automatic transmission in the LC300. Toyota have tightened the spread between gears across the range allowing the new engine to be at peak power or efficiency more often. It also features a lower first gear for more grunt off the line, and a taller top gear for lower revs at cruising speeds.
For off-road enthusiasts the new F33A-FTV should prove to be a winner with longer fuel ranges, more usable down-low power, and a new oil system design that’ll allow the ‘Cruiser to operate on a 45 degree angle without oil starvation issues. Is the Aussie public going to accept a V6 over the outgoing V8? Or have Toyota missed the mark? Let us know in the comments below
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