The Toyota FJ Bruiser is a bold conceptual vehicle unveiled at the 2023 SEMA show in Las Vegas. This impressive machine harks back to the design aesthetics of the 1966 FJ45 pickup while demonstrating exceptional capabilities, making it a modern tribute to the vintage FJ lineage. Unlike the original six-cylinder FJ45, the FJ Bruiser is powered by a 725-hp V-8 engine from a NASCAR Cup car, providing significantly greater power and performance.
The team at Toyota did not stop at installing a powerhouse engine. The FJ Bruiser's structure includes a full tube frame and roll cage, courtesy of Toyota's Motorsports Garage. The vehicle comes equipped with a full trailing-arm suspension with Fox shocks and Eibach springs. Adding to its rugged off-road appeal, the FJ Bruiser rides on Method Double Standard beadlock wheels and 42-inch BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX tires, offering outstanding traction off-road.
The FJ Bruiser is not just about power and brawn – it also features interesting technical additions. Power is transferred to the wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission by Rancho Drivetrain Engineering. The FJ Bruiser retains the FJ45's solid axle but integrates new front and rear differentials and a new transfer case, providing four two-wheel-drive speeds and four four-wheel-drive speeds. Interestingly, when the vehicle's horsepower outperforms the tires, a "Tank Mode," which activates a treadmill-like system underneath, can be engaged from inside the cabin, making the FJ Bruiser ready for virtually any off-road challenges.