Inside President William Ruto's Lexus 570

Sep. 16, 2022

President William Ruto's campaign Lexus 570. (Courtesy)

KCU 192H is undoubtedly one of Kenya’s most popular civilian vehicle registration plate numbers today.

It is the plate number on the vehicle President William Ruto used during the campaigns in the lead-up to the August 9 presidential election.

So popular was the registration plate number that it trended on Twitter on Tuesday, when Ruto took the oath of office as Kenya’s fifth president.

“President Ruto’s vehicle of registration plate number KCU 192H has been driven to nearly all villages in every part of the country. It has, finally, reached its destination – the State House of Kenya,” said a Twitter user.

Ruto’s famous vehicle is a Toyota Lexus LX-570.

At 11:40am on Tuesday, while aboard the LX-570, Ruto was driven into the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, as President-elect, but left in a Toyota Land Cruiser V8, the official vehicle of the President of the Republic of Kenya.

The special Land Cruiser, unlike civilian and other public servants vehicles, has a coat of arms instead of the registration plate, symbolising the highest level of power in the country.

The car with a Lexus badge is Toyota’s high-end luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) with comfort, stability and speed to boot.

Its technology and safety features are advanced.

The LX-570 has a centre console with intuitive controls, a heated steering wheel and a radar cruise control.

The vehicle is powered by an eight-cylinder (V8) 5,700cc petrol engine that produces 362 horsepower.

The initials “570” represent the vehicle’s powerful 5,700cc engine displacement that accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in seven seconds.

The LX-570 is a very stable car. It weighs 2,600 kilogrammes, providing you with the much-needed stability when driving on bends, at high speed or on hilly terrains.

In Kenya, a 2020 version of the vehicle could set you back between Sh23 million and Sh25 million.

It is an aggressive, robust and hardy vehicle, which is an object of desire for many off-road thrill seekers.

The LX-570 has gained popularity, not only among wealthy African nationals but also tycoons in the Middle East and European countries.

“Black Onyx or Eminent White Pearl colours are the vehicle’s best sellers,” says Auto Trade UK.

The LX-570 can carry a load of up to 750 kilogrammes, including passengers.

Its 8.9 inches of ground clearance offers the right ride height to take you to any part of the country.

The vehicle has a capacity of seven passengers and offers ample space and legroom to make your ride comfortable.

The LX-570 is a rugged beauty. Its headlight and taillight housing, triple-beam LED headlights, three-row seats, huge dropping grille, magnificent door handles and a semi-aniline cabernet perforated-leather interior backed with the 21-inch alloy wheels make it superior to its peers.

It comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that produces a 360-horsepower and 403 foot-pounds of torque. It is a heavy car that can pull heavy objects.

Its other appealing features are its lane departure alert system, intelligent high beams, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection ability and an all-speed dynamic radar cruise control.

The LX-570’s electro-hydraulic suspension system helps in off-road driving. Interestingly, the driver has the option of reducing their body lean on the pavement by as much as 50 per cent.

Its infotainment is a marvel. It comes equipped with a JBL premium audio system, 14 speakers and a satellite radio. It also comes loaded with a navigation system integrated into a 12.3-inch display screen.

The LX-570 has a 93-litre fuel tank. At the current Sh179.3 per litre of petrol in Nairobi, it would cost you approximately Sh16,674 to fill it.

It consumes a litre of petrol for every five kilometres covered.

Nairobi to Mombasa, via A8, is approximately 480 kilometres. Using the LX-570, you will need 96 litres of petrol to drive between the two points. That means you will need some Sh17,212 worth of fuel to shuttle between the two cities at the current pump prices.

This is not a vehicle for the average motorist, many who, nonetheless, harbour ambitions to own it someday.

Its maintenance and repair costs are also high.

Some of its common problems are failure of Remote Engine Start function in extremely cold temperatures, abnormal fan belt noise, distortion when using Bluetooth hands-free system, airbag-related problems and vehicle speed control issues.

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