Trucks are fun. Although we’re usually car people, the “in your face” and “get out of my way” attitude that is attached to piloting a tall truck that’s over two and a half tons is sometimes irresistible.
Our Tundra 4x4 Crewmax SR5 represents a final leap for Toyota. When Toyota first entered the large truck market with the T100 in 1992, they though people didn’t need the full size of a full-sized truck. Unfortunately the North American public disagreed. Toyota built the same tough-as-nails trucks as it always did, but people were weary because in the truck game, bigger is better. Now the second generation Tundra rectifies all problems. Introduced in 2007, the Tundra is as big (and sometimes bigger) than the competition, without trading in the Toyota reputation.
Toyota will add two new TDR packages for the 2009 Tundra: the new TRD Rock Warrior Package and the Sport Edition Package. Pricing on both packages will be revealed in November.
TRD Rock Warrior will be available exclusively on the Tundra grade 4x4 Double Cab (standard bed) and CrewMax equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine. In addition to its tuned suspension, the Rock Warrior is equipped with Bilstein(R) shocks, TRD 17-inch forged alloy wheels with BF Goodrich(R) All-Terrain T/A tires, color-keyed front bumper and grille surround, matte-black rear bumper, fog lamps, black cloth interior with manual bucket seats, accessory shift knob and pedal covers, and TRD Rock Warrior side panel graphics. The Rock Warrior will come in two exterior colors, Black and Super White.
TRD Sport Edition will be available on the Tundra grade 4x2 Regular Cab and Double Cab (standard bed) with the 5.7-liter V8. The Sport Edition is equipped with color-keyed front and rear bumpers and grille surround, color-keyed heated outside mirrors, color-keyed door handles, fog lamps, black cloth interior with manual bucket seats, accessory shift knob and pedal covers, accessory 20-inch machined star five-spoke alloy wheels and TRD Sport Edition side panel graphics. The TRD Sport Edition will be available in two exterior colors, Black and Radiant Red.
Toyota is going green with its update to the 2009 Tundra. Included in today’s announcement on the 2009 Tundra line-up is the availability of the E85 flex fuel on 5.7-liter 4x4 models in select regions.
The new news from Toyota isn’t all green. Two new TRD option packages. The TRD Rock Warrior Package adds off-road suspension, unique wheels, and a black or white new exterior color scheme. The TRD Sport Package is given unique wheels and its own black or red color-keyed exterior aimed for on-road driving.
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.
The 2008 Toyota Tundra was named Motor’s Trend Truck of the year winning in front if cars like Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado or Dodge RAM. After days of testing, Motor Trend comes to a conclusion: "The new Toyota Tundra is now ready to take on any American-made pickup truck — on all levels."
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