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No matter where you go in the Middle East, there’s this one car that seems to be always there. Toyota is certainly one of the most ever-present brands worldwide that have been excelling in the SUV game for decades. But have you ever wondered what makes the Land Cruiser so special? 

Being Toyota’s flagship model, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a highly sturdy and capable vehicle that shines on every front that the brand stands for. Not only it’s great for short and long-distance travel, but there’s no better car that can surf the vast stretches of sand and rough terrains in the Middle East. 

In this post, we will talk about three reasons why the mighty Toyota Land Cruiser is so popular and loved by almost every auto enthusiast on the planet. 

Reliability

According to Toyota owners worldwide, especially Middle Eastern nationals, their favorite trait about the brand is their cars’ incomparable reliability, which means it requires very little service. 

Also, it’s not hard to find a Toyota service centre in Sharjah or Dubai or any such major city in the Middles East. Now, even when it requires servicing, the car has been so popular for so many years here that many of the garages in Middle Eastern countries have been accustomed to dealing with it, making the process a lot easier. 

When someone talks about car reliability, most people refer to their engines as it’s the most important unit that powers them. Land Cruisers models that belonged to the J100 and J200 series used to come with the 2UZ-FE engine, which was a 4.7L V8 unit. This engine proved to be so reliable that Toyota used it to power several other vehicles such as the Sequoia, Tundra, 4Runner and even the Lexus GX470, which belonged to their luxury line-up. 

As time went by, cars got more powerful and torquey. This pushed Toyota to update its engines and introduce the newer 3UR-FE, a 5.7L V8 unit. This engine provided the Land Cruiser with the same level of reliability but with added torque, making it much more fun to drive. 

Off-Road Capabilities

For many years, driving on unpaved roads and deserts has been a part of the Middle East’s daily commute. To this day, desert camps or anna, called locally, are rented out by families for the entire winter season. Therefore, a car like the Land Cruiser with incredible off-road capabilities can come in handy. 

Not to mention the desert joy rides that the locals and tourists enjoy alike. Be it sand, snow, muddy terrain or seawater. The Land Cruiser has consistently proven to tackle the toughest terrain that mother nature has ever thrown at it. 

Part of Culture

Ever since the Land Cruiser was introduced in the Middle East, owning a Land Cruiser has been customarily in every Middle Eastern household. It was a status symbol and an important part of the daily commute. Their popularity grew so much that the manufacturer made a special middle eastern version that better withstand heat and allows customisation. 

To Conclude

As we mentioned earlier, the Toyota Land Cruiser is a popular vehicle found in pretty much any part of the world. Nonetheless, these are predominantly found in Middle Eastern countries. 

However, after 60 years, Toyota decided to discontinue the Land Cruiser in certain parts of the world, such as in

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By: Automotive Addicts Contributor
Title: How The Toyota Land Cruiser Remains To Be The Best SUV Ever Made
Sourced From: www.automotiveaddicts.com/78584/how-toyota-land-cruiser-remains-best-suv-ever-made
Published Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:59:01 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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