The LX570 like you’ve never seen it before

In an exercise of imagination, Lexus let its designers concoct the J201 Concept, an out-and-out overlanding monster set to make a debut at the Rebelle Rally. Oh, and it’s fitted with a supercharged V-8, in case you wanted to know.

Ready for whatever

Lexus J201 Concept
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Wondering what J201 stands for? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. According to Lexus, J201 is part of the LX570’s internal chassis and platform code, URJ201.

Biting into mud, rocks, and rough surfaces is a set of 33-inch General Grabber X3 tires mounted on 17-inch EVO Corse DakarZero aluminum wheels.

The braking setup was, too, upgraded courtesy of StopTech - it now includes drilled front and rear rotors and color-matched calipers.

Of course, Lexus didn’t forget about suspension. In this case, the setup gets Icon Vehicle Dynamics upper control arms (front) and lower control arms (rear), as well as OEM front/rear spacers.

Tell me more about the overlanding goodies of the Lexus J201

Lexus J201 Concept
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Formalities aside, there’s a supercharged V-8 doing work under the hood. The 5.7-liter mill is aided by a Magnuson Supercharger and it now cranks out 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. That’s a hefty increase over the standard LX570’s 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of twist.

On top of the newfound grunt, the J201 concept gets a fair share of overlanding-specific gear. Up front, for example, Lexus installed a CBI bumper with a winch mount and WARN winch. A 30-inch lightbar makes sure you’ll always get a clear view of the path ahead.

There’s also a TJM Airtec snorkel feeding air into the engine when the grille is underwater and a lot of protection for the off-roader’s underbody via a bunch of CBI rock sliders and skid plates.

Lexus J201 Concept
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Then there’s another light bar (40 inches long, this time) on top of the J201, where you can also store extra gear thanks to a Prinsu Design roof rack system. Rounding up the package in the rear is a CBI bumper that includes a handful of kit:

  • ladder
  • dual swing-outs
  • spare tire
  • S2 lighting from Baja Designs
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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