Off-Road Vehicle: Icon SCORE Baja 1000 Limited Edition

Forget about jeeps and Hummers; when Armageddon arrives, the ride of choice will be an Icon. Like a modern-day FJ40 Land Cruiser, the entry-level Icon ($96,000) is a rugged utility vehicle in its own right. But the company adds another $60,000 worth of high-performance equipment and transforms the Icon into the apocalypse-ready SCORE Baja 1000 Limited Edition.

In 1973, Toyota won the Baja 1000, claiming its first off-road race victory. Icon pays homage to that accomplishment with this vehicle, which looks as though it, too, could conquer the treacherous terrain of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. The Baja Edition is equipped with a winch, a racing jack, an air compressor, high-intensity lights, and a high-output stereo that can be heard above the snarl of the V-8. The vehicle’s engine delivers 450 hp through a beefed-up 4-speed automatic transmission and a shift-on-the-fly Atlas II transfer case.

The Baja Edition’s body of brushed aluminum is powder-coated and has durable black-trim accents. A four-link suspension with coil-over shocks and nitrogen bump stops, limiter straps, and dual sway bars assures soft landings on the bumpiest trails.

If you want to test the Baja Edition’s capabilities safely, Icon offers a training course through Wide Open Baja driving school.

Icon, 818.785.1728, www.icon4x4.com