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Nothing like a special to commemorate the millionth mark – Toyota South Africa has come up with a one-off Hilux to celebrate the milestone set in July by the pickup, and the special is quite the monster output-wise.

The 3.0 D-4D Legend 45, as it’s called, is equipped with a 5.0 litre V8 from the Lexus IS-F, tweaked to offer 450 hp at 6,000 rpm – in a race configuration, the mill is also seen in the Toyota Motorsports Hiluxes used in the South African cross-country series.

The specs of the unit are close to that of the race Hiluxes, but obviously the special has been given enough to make it street-legal. Aside from the reworked engine, there’s a Dakar-spec inlet manifold, a Pectel Cosworth engine management system and an AIM electronic instrument panel, a full tubular exhaust and a twin-plate AP racing clutch working with a standard D-4D transmission.

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Elsewhere, the sump on the lump has been modified to make room for the Hilux’s front-axle differential, and both front and rear diffs have been given revised gear ratios to accomodate all that power. The power steering pump has also been upgraded and the steering ratio upped to make for a quicker, responsive rack.

The suspension has also been lowered by 50 mm, with fully-adjustable dampers on call, and the brakes have also been upgraded, with 350 mm Power Bake discs and billet calipers bolted on. Rounding off the rework are 18-inch wheels.

The special cost about one million Rand (RM310,200) to build, but has found a home with Pretoria businessman Shabier Aboobaker. There are reportedly many other enquiries for a similar job, though Toyota SA has said the project is very much a one-off.