Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Toyota will be showing up to the SEMA Show with a very special Tacoma pick-up truck called the X-Runner "Ready to Race" (RTR). This new model is powered by a modified version of Tundra’s mighty 5.7-liter V-8. Thanks to a new supercharger and an intake kit, the engine now delivers an impressive 504 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque.

The Tacoma X-Runner RTR personifies ingenuity to the highest level by the Japanese auto giant. Of all the parts used in the special edition pick-up truck, the only two that don’t belong to Toyota are the traction bars and drive-line shaft.

It’s the ultimate drag strip pick-up truck that not only looks intimidating, but also has the performance capabilities to back up that imposing presence.

Updated 10/19/2010: Toyota has unveiled today the official details on the new Tacoma X-Runner RTR. Also check out the gallery to see new images of the customized pick-up.

Details after the jump.

Toyota has unveiled the official details on the 2011 Tacoma, a model that adds new accessory packages for 2011 based on the Tacoma TX Package Concept unveiled at the 2009 SEMA Show.

The new T|X and T|X Pro Packages can be applied to Tacoma V6 Access Cab or V6 Double Cab on both 4x2 PreRunner and 4x4 models. The T|X package adds TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels, black tube side steps, a stainless steel exhaust tip, and unique exterior graphics. It is priced at $1,699.

The T|X Pro Package includes a TRD cat-back performance exhaust system, TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels and 265/70R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, and unique graphics. This package is also priced at $1,699.

Next to these two packages, customers can also choose a TRD Off-Road Package that includes an electronic locking rear differential, progressive-rate front springs, specially tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, a 28-mm front stabilizer bar, and B.F. Goodrich Rugged Trail tires.

Press release after the jump.

Imagine yourself driving a car that can launch off of a stand-still position and hit 60 mph in just 1.6 seconds yet is only geared to do 132 mph. You can’t imagine it, can you?

Well, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction and this is living proof of that. ’This’, of course, is this car. It looks like a Toyota Tacoma , only it’s not. Built using a chrome-molly tubular space frame chassis that’s covered in a carbon fiber body, this car actually has some ridiculous power under its hood in the form of a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder, turbo-charged engine that produces around 1,000 horsepower. But as we’ve said, it’s top speed - 132 mph - isn’t really something you can brag about.

And just to show you how incredibly difficult this race car/truck is to drive, check out the video of the car being driven by Rod Millen - yeah, he’s the proud daddy of Rhys Millen - at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed and watch how he can’t seem to fully corral it from going into the grass and do all that twitching. And this guy is a seasoned pro. Imagine if it was somebody who had the equivalent driving skills of an everyday Joe.

Source: YouTube

Toyota revealed today at the SEMA Show the Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer (ATG), a concept that combines the outdoor sports activities with video games.

The ATG Concept is built on a 2009 Tacoma Double Cab Long Bed PreRunner V6 model with the B-Pillars removed and installed double gull-wing doors.

Toyota Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer

The concept features a theater style seating, with four interior monitors and an INNO Ridge Wide Cargo Box attached to a roof mounted roll bar and a Xbox gaming system.

Exterior modifications also included three base colors of a custom metallic anthracite (pulled directly from the Xbox brand guide), drilled aluminum interior panels, color-matched protective floor coating, an acrylic hood with an engine view port, a 66-inch plasma monitor with a custom roll cage enclosure, tonneau cover with “Craze” paint technique, blacked out front grille, sponsor logo windshield sun shade, front and rear bumpers, smoked front head and rear tail lamp treatment, and Xbox graphics.

Press release after the jump.

Developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the Tacoma TX concept is based on a 2010 Tacoma PreRunner SR5 and adds performance accessories and two unique graphics along each side of the truck.

Toyota Tacoma TX Package Concept

The Tacoma TX performance mdifications includes: TRD 16 x7.5-inch off road bead lock style wheels, BF Goodrich all-terrain T/A KO LT285/75x16 tires, a TRD stainless steel Cat-Back exhaust, Cadmium plated Bilstein 5100 Series shocks, a Genuine Toyota class 4 trailer hitch, a Genuine Toyota lightweight aluminum tube steps with a black finish, a Motoextender by Amp Research, and Genuine TRD floormats.

Press release after the jump.

Toyota today announced prices for the 2010 line-up, including Avalon, Yaris, Highlander, FJ Cruiser, Rav4 and Tacoma. All cars will go on sale in August, with the exception of Highlander (September).

The 2010 FJ Cruiser will come with dual VVT-i and roller rocker arms on the 4.0-liter V6, which add 19 hp and a one mpg increase. Prices will range from $23,680 for the 2WD automatic to $25,270 for the 4WD automatic.

The RAV4 will go on sale with prices ranging from $21,500 for the base model 2WD four-cylinder to $27,810 for the 4WD Limited V6. The base MSRP for the 2010 Highlander ranges from $25,705 for the base four-cylinder 2WD to $41,020 for the Limited 4WD hybrid model.

For the 2010 Avalon prices will range from $27,945 for the XL to $35,285 for the Limited. Tacoma’s prices will range from $15,170 for the Regular Cab with a five-speed manual transmission to $27,075 for the V6 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed with a five-speed automatic transmission. And finally Yaris’s rpices will range from $12,355 for the three-door model with manual transmission, to $13,915 for the four-door sedan with an automatic transmission.

Press release after the jump.

Just when Toyota opened its doors to a new partner in Aston Martin , it closed another door on a 25-year partnership with General Motors.

With news circulating that the Japanese auto giant and Aston Martin have forged a partnership together to produce Toyota’s iQ car in the UK under the Aston Martin brand, it came as a surprise to a lot of people when General Motors announced that it would discontinue its relationship and forego its ownership stake in the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) partnership the Detroit-based automaker created with Toyota 25 years ago.

GM’s announcement came on the heels of its decision to completely drop the Pontiac brand from its roster of cars – a decision that has virtually made the Nummi plant in Fremont California, where the Pontiac Vibe was being produced, meaningless to GM.

Source: L.A. Times

The Tacoma X-Runner concept made its debut today at the SEMA Show. The concept adds several newly designed and developed components and a carefully tuned chassis, taking the truck to new levels of performance and styling.

Toyota TRD Tacoma X-Runner Concept

The Tacoma X-Runner Concept is powered by a 4.0-liter DOHC VVT-i V6 engine that is updated with new pistons, connecting rods, camshafts and other equipment to provide 400 hp and 350 lb.-ft. torque. The engine is mated to the Tacoma six-speed manual transmission.

Toyota TRD Tacoma X-Runner Concept

On the exterior the X-Runner comes with a new aggressively styled front bumper fascia and grille, full-length rocker panels with integrated side-exit exhaust, LED lights.

Press release after the jump.

Toyota and the racing legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart are working on a new special edition that will be offered for Tundra, Tacoma and FJ Cruiser: the Ironman editions. This special edition will go on sale later this summer and pricing for this special package will be between $8000-$20.000.

The Tundra Ironaman edition is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 that delivers 504 hp @ 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 550 lbs-ft @ 4,000 rpm. It also adds a a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust, tuned Bilstein shocks, Hella light bar, Hurst pistol-grip shifter, 20-inch General tires and Alcoa alloy wheels.

The Tacoma/FJ Cruiser Ironman Edition are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 that delivers 304 @ 5,400 rpm and a peak torque of 334 lbs-ft @ 3,600 rpm.

There are different levels of customization for all three vehicles; the supercharger comes at the top end of the scale. All trim levels will feature upgraded performance pieces, but mostly for on-road use.

Since the Ironman-edition trucks are not sold directly by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., dealers are being contacted by Halo representatives. Initial sign-up requires buying two pallets of parts each for the Tundra, Tacoma and FJ Cruiser, said Halo CEO Don DiCostanzo.

DiCostanzo hopes to sell 500 Ironman packages in 2008 and ramp up to between 5,000 and 10,000 units in 2009. The first dealership to sign up with Halo was Toyota of Escondido, near San Diego.

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