The Lexus LX SUV is a very muscular, old-school vehicle. Based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, it's still a big, body-on-frame SUV, but inside it offers acres of leather and luxury tech. The brand's Kuwaiti distributor is taking it machismo even further for the local market with the new LX 570 Supercharger.

As the name suggests, the upgraded SUV grafts a supercharger onto the LX 570's 5.7-liter V8 to boost it to 450 horsepower, from 383 hp in the naturally aspirated version in the US (or 362 hp in the standard Kuwaiti version), and it uses the same six-speed automatic as the standard model. To signal the improved strength, much of exterior chrome is replaced with black trim. It also wears special 20-inch wheels and a rear spoiler. The interior is fitted with crimson leather seats and red-accented carpet. It also gets an aluminum sill plate that says "Supercharger." Like the standard Kuwait-spec LX 570, it has two fuel tanks with a total combined capacity of 36.46 gallons, which should help satiate the likely thirsty, forced-induction V8.

The LX 570 Supercharger won't be rumbling down streets outside of the Middle East, though. According to Lexus spokesperson Bill Kwong, this is a project by the distributor in the region. The supercharged engine also has "issues with emissions" in the US, especially in California, he told Autoblog. Too bad, it would be an interesting Range Rover alternative.


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      JJ
      • 7 Months Ago
      Been driving one since late 2010, never felt taht it was underpowered, actualy it felt more powerful than the LR4 we had. A stronger gearbox wouldn't be a bad thing though.
      Eggmania
      • 7 Months Ago
      perfect SUV for those long road trips with my pet tiger
      Doug
      • 7 Months Ago
      Still a piece of overrated crap.
        Card13
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Doug
        Is it actually overrated? For it to be overrated, there would have to be excess undeserved hype. Considering I rarely hear much of anything about this SUV, positive or negative, you just seem a bit personally disgruntled.
        juststudent
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Doug
        No, it's still hold it's ground for it's off road capability, especially compared to the like of Range Rover or X5.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Doug
        [blocked]
      Dump
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's it? There are 3 or 4 old naturally aspirated V8s that provides more HP & torque than this "new" SC 5.7L V8. Why is this not so impressive on the top-end?
        domingorobusto
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Dump
        The only one I can think of is the AMG 6.2, and that's hardly a valid comparison, being a highly tuned and super expensive engine. And as stated in the article, the Kuwaiti version is detuned as compared to America's version of the engine in NA form. It looks to just be the TRD supercharger that you can buy for the Tundra here in America, where it produces something like 505 hp in stock kit form and easily makes more than 600 at the crank with a few small mods. It's just detuned for reliability I would imagine.
      Zoom
      • 7 Months Ago
      Everytime one of these starts up, a Prius dies.
      D E S I G N
      • 7 Months Ago
      JHC, someone do something about that disgusting deformed abomination of a grille!
      airchompers
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'd love to know how long those 30 gallons last while you're on the boost in a 5.7 liter DOHC v8 in a 6500 lb luxury sUV.
        Kit
        • 7 Months Ago
        @airchompers
        It's the UAE, where a gallon of water is more expensive than a gallon of gas.
      redgpgtp97
      • 7 Months Ago
      They need to launch a redesign of this breadbox.
      Susan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, I'm glad we won't see these things being blundered around malls and commuter roads by the crowd that can barely handle a 4-cyl. CUV.
        juststudent
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Susan
        Wrong LOL. In many parts of Asia, it's equivalent of Escalade and Range Rover.
      domingorobusto
      • 7 Months Ago
      So it's a slightly detuned version of the TRD supercharger kit that's available for the Tundra? So you can have this in America, just without a warranty (or a 1 year warranty if you have them install it, as with the Toyotas? Not sure how it works with Lexus).
      Eggmania
      • 7 Months Ago
      Type your comment herenow that i look at it i think this is the best application of the spindle grill on any lexus. if they can tone it down for their cars the way this one is not as giant looking on a truck, i think it can finally settle in.
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