With the Tokyo Auto Salon 2023 just around the corner (January 13-15) one of the strongest presences at the event is set to come from Liberty Walk. We’ve already covered the Japanese tuner’s headliner, namely its Ferrari F40 widebody kit, but this will be accompanied by a long list of fresh releases. Case in point with the Liberty Walk Lexus LX600 widebody kit, whose full deets have now been released.
You can shrug, that’s okay with us, but SUVs have yet to quit their market share increase marathon. And, as with carmakers, tuners have to cater to this market if we want them to still have the resources for niche releases like that insane Liberty Walk F40 widebody.
Besides, when showcasing the Lamborghini Urus widebody kit at last month’s SEMA 2022 show, Liberty Walk boss Wataru Kato told us to prepare for an expansion of the specialist’s SUV range.
Liberty Walk’s Lexus LX600 widebody kit range
The tuner’s website still showcased a some renderings for the Lexus LX600 at the time of press. However, earlier today, the company took to Instagram to publish a series of photos portraying a real-world build it is preparing for the Tokyo Auto Salon.
The demo car features the all-out version of the LX600 widebody kit, which costs $22,660. This is the kind of money that will buy you an entry-level Toyota Corolla, but it’s about half the value of that Urus kit—we’ll add some more financial context when discussing the LX600 below.
The package includes a front lip spoiler, front bumper garnish, hood, rear diffuser, front and rear overfenders, roof spoiler and tailgate lip spoiler. As far as the materials go, there’s a mix between parts made from FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic), FRP and dry carbon, as well as FRP, dry carbon and CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic).
However, if you opt for just some of those bits and/or stick with the base FRP offerings, the price of the kit can go down to $7,370. As usual with the company, you can also buy the parts individually.
With this murdered out presence, an untrained eye might have trouble telling all the custom bits apart from a stock LX600. However, the overall image of the full-size Lexus SUV instantly appears meaner and this kind of development was obviously never meant for rugged terrain fans, so the kit hits its mark in my book.
The Lexus LX600
The fourth-generation, 2022 Lexus LX was introduced last year, a couple of months after the Toyota model it’s based on, namely the J300-series Land cruiser. However, with Toyota having pulled the Land Cruiser off the North American market after the 2021 model year, you can only opt for the upmarket Lexus iteration now.
To help with the said move, the carmaker has introduced an MSRP of $89,160 for the 2023 LX600, which means this is only $2,130 pricier than the base 2021 Land Cruiser.
The LX600 range also includes Premium and Luxury trims, as well as an F Sport Handling model and a range-topping Ultra Luxury version that skips the standard seven-seater, three-row arrangement. With its lavish four-seat layout including captain’s chairs for the second row, the Ultra Luxury will set you back a serious $129,250 for the 2023 model year.
There’s a new platform, which sheds up to 440 lbs (200 kg) while keeping the body-on-frame architecture for those off-roading trips. All LX600 models replace the V8 power with a twin-turbo 3.4L V6 delivering 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque—there’s also an LX500d with a 302+ hp 3.3L twin-turbo diesel for other markets, but this is where the engine range stops.
One final take? With all the carbon-customized Escalades and tricked-out Range Rovers running around, the LX600 can use Liberty Walk’s aftermarket treatment.