As featured in What Diesel Magazine 2007.
|Only to describe the Hilux as 'humble' is to do it no favours. Around the world this pick-up is something of a
legend. Not only will you find it on a building site, but you'll also find it chugging about in some of the most inhospitable places, being used and generally abused
by all and sundry, and even beaten to within an inch of its life by some bloke called Jeremy Clarkson. For many people the Hilux is more than just a vehicle; it
enables them to reach the next village a few hundred miles away, transport valuable supplies and ensure that they don't get stranded in the middle of nowhere. And
it's this last quality that has afforded the Hilux such a wide fanbase. Toyota is synonymous with reliability, and the chunky all-rounder that is the Hilux is
reliability and durability personified. With all this talk of durability and reliability, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Hilux is a dull, characterless
tool. Not so. In its latest incarnation Toyota's best-selling pick-up boasts rounded corners, and high levels of refinement.
|Models powered by this flagship 3.0-litre unit are quickest to pick up speed as you go through the gears, but its
flexibility disappoints, because it feels little stronger than the 118bhp 2.5.
Installation of the Spider® diesel tuning upgrade was made easy by using Toyota original equipment connectors. This HiLux D4D was ready to go within just 5
minutes of the bonnet being lifted. Once fitting is completed, it is time to calibrate the Spider®. This allows the Spider® to alter its internal software
parameters to suit each individual application. The calibration process is best performed on a warm engine and only needs to be performed the very first time it is
fitted taking just 60 seconds. Once calibrated, it can be removed and refitted without the need to recalibrate.
On the road, the HiLux was able to finally deliver a drive with performance to match its looks. Take off power pushes you back into your seat and 1st gear now seems
redundant. Power has been transformed from a standard 171ps to 208ps and torque has gained a respectful 50Nm. Now able to keep up this HiLux has gained a new fun
aspect making driving more pleasurable.
Model: Toyota Hilux 3.0 D-4D HL3, from £16,870 on the road
Engine: 3.0-litre diesel unit developing 171ps.
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission as standard, plus selectable all-wheel drive.
Performance: Maximum speed 105.6mph, 0-62mph 12.0 seconds. CO2 emissions: 219g/km.
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