A stock Lexus GX460 has 8.1 inches of ground clearance. This is good for many off-road adventures and for the daily grind, but it’s not quiet enough for some difficult off-roading. Cliffhanger 2.0 is an extreme Rocky Mountain trailer that takes anyone who dares to just above tree line for a gorgeous view of the continental divide. It’s very steep and packed full with large loose rocks that are just waiting there to trip you up. The trail also has a section with a fork in the road. It is now called Truth or Dare. The “truth” is difficult, but the “dare” is even harder.
The 4.6L V8 produces 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, which plenty for extreme high altitude off-roading. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to a robust 4×4 system. This GX does not have a locking rear differential, but there is a button to lock the transfer case so equal power goes to the front and the rear.
This particular GX460 has a 3-inch OME suspension lift and slightly larger BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. There is no air suspension on this model. All together, this Lexus is riding about 3.75 inches higher than stock, for a total ground clearance of nearly 12 inches. Otherwise, this Lexus does not have any other modifications. The A-TRAC system is still there to help find traction. Will this be enough to complete the Cliffhanger 2.0?
Watch TFLcar viewer, Nathan S. and Roman tackle the Cliffhanger 2.0 in the video above. Big thanks to Nathan S. for bringing his Lexus to challenge this trail. It was a lot of fun!
Here is our own Nathan Adlen taking the GX460 up our moderate test trail – Gold Mine Hill.