2018 Toyota Tundra PIE Pro
Pizza chain Pizza Pie is once again digging into its bag of marketing gimmicks with the introduction of the Toyota Tundra PIE Pro. Built in collaboration with Toyota, the Tundra PIE Pro is, quite seriously, a zero-emission pickup with a robotic pizza-making factory in the truck bed. Unfortunately, the Tundra PIE Pro is nothing but a concept, dashing our hopes and dreams of one day seeing this creation pull up in our homes with a fresh pan of Pizza Hut’s finest.
2018 Toyota Tundra for Kevin Costner by Working Complete Customs
A unique Toyota Tundra showed up at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show with Kevin Costner’s imprints all over it. The Hollywood A-lister hooked up with Toyota to build a custom Tundra Platinum that embraces Costner’s love for adventure and the outdoors. The one-off, custom-built creation is the ultimate adventure truck, fitting for a man whose famous for his love of the outdoors. They don’t make them as rough and tough as Kevin Costner; turns out, Toyota — and Working Complete Customs of McKinney, Texas — was up to the task of giving him a ride that suits his personality.
NASCAR Champ Truex Jr. Designs All-Black Toyota Camry for SEMA
Toyota got really busy for the 2017 SEMA Show and its lineup for this year’s event included a handful of bespoke Camry sedans designed by NASCAR drivers. Among those who created their own race-inspired Camry was Martin Truex Jr., who recently clinched the Sprint Cup title behind the wheel of his NASCAR-spec Camry. Built as a homage to his track-prepped car, the production Camry was modified with help from Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center (MTC) and Misfit Industries.
Much like the race car he used this season, the SEMA-bound Camry is finished in black. But the color is far from being a Toyota palette standard. Crafted by Misfit after going through six different shades, the final paint is covered with a satin top coat for a unique, nearly matte look. What’s more, all existing chrome trim was refinished in durable cobalt Cerakote, which turned the exterior of the Camry completely black. The wheels, which are based on those of Truex Jr.’s race car are also finished in black. But NASCAR’s new champion didn’t stop at new paint, trim, and wheels. The Camry also sports a front splitter, a ducktail spoiler with visible rivets, and a new diffuser with redesigned exhaust pipes with three holes on each side.
The interior matches the sober look of the exterior with black leather with black stitching on the seats and Truex Jr.’s initials stitched on the headrests. Under the skin, the Camry gained an AEM intake system, a TRD exhaust, a custom Tein coilover suspension for lowered ride height and bigger brakes from StopTech. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric high-performance tires also add to the sedan’s improved performance.
Needless to say, Truex Jr.’s options for this Camry are a bit too serious as far as exterior updates go, but I must admit I would like to see this package offered on a limited-edition model. High-performance features and black matte paint are the perfect combination if you like subtle looks on beefed-up cars. Of course, a few engine upgrades would be nice too. What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.
2018 Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition II
One of the best-selling sedans in the United States in recent decades, the Camry is known mainly for its solid quality, good bang for the buck, and excellent reliability. It was never among the best looking vehicles in its niche and needless to say, Toyota received a lot of heat for that. This changed with the latest-generation Camry, which arrived with a decidedly sportier exterior design that borrows a few cues from the premium Lexus brand. The new styling was immediately transferred onto the NASCAR race car, which was used by four different teams and driven by more than 15 drivers during the 2017 season. Among them is Kyle Busch, who designed a custom Camry for the 2017 SEMA Show.
In second place in the Sprint Cup standings as of November 1, Busch teamed up with Chuck Gafrarar of Chuck G Fabrication, who collaborated with NASCAR race teams since 2002, to give already eye-catching sedan a bit of a twist design-wise. Busch also delved into the Toyota parts bin for performance-enhancing upgrades and called his creation the "Rowdy Edition II." If you’re not familiar with the term, Busch uses the nickname "Rowdy" after Days of Thunder character Rowdy Burns. He’s actually nicknamed "Shrub," as the younger brother of Kurt Busch (a shrub is a smaller bush, get it?), but let’s face it, the Camry Shrub Edition doesn’t sound as appealing.
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2018 Toyota Camry XSE Denny Hamlin
The Toyota Camry is a lot of things. Flashy isn’t one of those things. That’s the usual narrative surrounding America’s top-selling model, but just because the Camry has been pigeon-holed as a certain type of car, that doesn’t mean that it can’t spread its wings every so often and break out of its own house, especially when you get someone like Denny Hamlin involved. The 36-year old NASCAR racer may drive a race-spec Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but at the invitation of Toyota, Hamlin’s trading in his race overalls for a chance to design his own custom Toyota Camry. The result is this stand out piece of work.
Hamlin’s Camry may not be the quintessential Camry upgrade, but it looks the part of one. It has a wide range of custom features, ranging from fancy graphics, shiny wheels, and a wide-body conversion. And, those are just on the exterior of the sedan. Instead, Hamlin’s influence is clearly evident, particularly in the choice of colors the 2016 Daytona 500 winner picked to stamp his personalized touches on the four-door ride. All told, the Hamlin-designed Camry makes up one of the handful of custom-tuned Camrys that are on display at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. It may not have the visual presence that Rutledge Wood’s Camry has, but it certainly qualifies as the most dynamic build among all the Camrys that were designed by Hamlin’s peers. At the very least, it’s the one that I’d like to have for myself.
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2018 Toyota Camry Rutledge Wood
Racing analyst and former Top Gear USA presenter Rutledge Wood is known for his affinity with plaid T-shirts. He’s also known for having a deep-seated passion for the automotive industry. So, when Toyota was looking for individuals to take the lead in building custom Toyota Camrys for the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, Wood’s name inevitably turned up. So Toyota tapped him to work on his own custom version of the Camry, and the result is a car that reflects the man’s boisterous personality.
I’m not one to pass judgment on something I know little about at this point, but I can tell all of you that Wood’s work on the Camry is the most impactful of the bunch. It’s certainly the most colorful of all the custom Camry’s we’re seeing at SEMA, and the story and the process behind its creation involves the use of certain techniques that you can expect from someone like Rutledge Wood. He may be the only non-NASCAR driver to get a chance at customizing a Camry for this year’s SEMA, but all told, Wood vindicates Toyota’s decision to tap him with a creation that has as much going for it as some of the Camrys that were customized by actual NASCAR racers.
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2017 Toyota C-HR R-Tuned
SEMA is a place where the imagination reigns supreme, an event that celebrates the weird, the wild, and the most extreme that the automotive industry can muster. Case in point – this performance version of Toyota’s funky C-HR (Coupe High-Rider) compact utility vehicle. Believe it or not, this thing is so performance-oriented Toyota is claiming it as the “world’s quickest CUV.” Backing that boast is a lap time of 1 minute, 25.22 seconds at the Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California. Quoting figures plucked from fastestlaps.com, Toyota says that time makes the CH-R R-Tuned quicker than such incredible sports machines like the Nissan GT-R Nismo, McLaren 650 S Spyder, and Porsche 911 GT3. That’s some rather heavy-hitting company for a humble subcompact crossover, but it’s got the R-Tuned has the upgrades to match. Long story short, this thing is stripped and race-ready, rocking 600 turbocharged ponies, exotic suspension components, and very effective aero.
Offered as a follow-up to the Sienna R-Tuned build that Toyota brought to SEMA back in 2015, the C-HR R-Tuned was created by Southern California speed specialists Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec for short), the same folks who turned wrenches on the hot-to-trot Sienna R-Tuned. This latest creation is even more over the top, and clear evidence that with enough dedication, you can make anything blisteringly quick – exactly the approach we want to see at SEMA.
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2018 Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez
While there are plenty of older builders out there, car modification is inherently a youthful endeavor, don’tcha think? Indeed, how many older individuals do you see out there driving custom cars versus the younger crowd? As such, it makes sense that Toyota asked its youngest NASCAR driver, 25-year-old Daniel Suarez, to have a hand in building this custom Camry. Granted, Toyota is giving several of its NASCAR drivers a chance to customize their own 2018 Camry, but we think Suarez might have a leg up on his colleagues. Funny enough, not only is Suarez’s youthful demeanor an asset but so is his experience. “I grew up in the car customization business,” he explains, “so I’m very hands-on when it comes to this kind of project. I wanted to keep the Camry’s athletic, refined aspect but morph it into a track-ready vehicle.” As such, his revisions to the popular four-door sedan include new body components, a white-on-black paint scheme, a freshened interior, a few extra ponies under the hood, and a sharp suspension set-up.
Suarez currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving with Joe Gibbs Racing in the number 19 Camry. He also enjoys the occasional stint in the Xfinity Series behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 and number 20 Camrys. The young talent secured a championship win in the Xfinity Series last year – the question is, can his Camry secure some attention at SEMA in 2017?
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2017 Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-Cup
The Toyota GT86 — also known as the 86 in North America and Asia — was launched in early 2012 as a two-door sports car of fairly compact dimensions. The result of a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, the coupe was originally sold under three brands: the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S (the latter was discontinued in 2016). The sports car is available with just one engine, a 2.0-liter boxer provided by Subaru, the same company that manufactures the GT86 in Japan. Received with great enthusiasm and awarded with several titles in 2012, the GT86 was criticized in recent years for the lack of drivetrain upgrades and a turbocharged engine. Although Toyota gave the GT86 a mid-cycle facelift for 2017, the drivetrain carried over unchanged save for the additional five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque added by the revised manual transmission.
At the 2016 SEMA Show, Toyota finally unveiled a more powerful version of the GT86, dubbed CS-Cup, developed by its Motorsport division. However, the vehicle wasn’t designed as a road-going production model, but for a one-make racing series in Japan. What’s it doing at the SEMA Show, you ask? Well, the company said it "wanted to bring it here to inspire, innovate, and excite." Needless to say, the CS-Cup arrival on U.S. soil was pretty exciting, but it quickly became upsetting at the thought that Toyota still doesn’t want to give us a higher performance model.
We can still dream though...
Back to car in question, the CS-Cup is the third race-spec GT86 is a series of vehicles that came to life in 2012, when Toyota Motorsport launched the CS-V3 VLN. It was followed by the CS-R3 rally car in 2015, and now the CS-Cup. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
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Toyota Prius G
If you ever head out to Vegas for the annual SEMA show, be prepared to see some pretty weird things. In an attempt to outdo one another and turn heads on the show floor, the world’s foremost tuners and speed shops have been known to unleash the creative juices in a frothing torrent of strange, twisted metal. Some of it is beautiful, while some of it is bizarre. To U.S. audiences, this Prius race car probably falls into that latter category. But the thing is, if you go to Japan, you’ll find that the Prius is much more than the standard-bearer of efficient commuting. In fact, there’s even a wide-body, V-8 hybrid-powered Prius GT300 race car running in the island nation’s SuperGT race series, which is exactly the inspiration for the speed-ready Toyota concept you see before you. It’s called the Prius G, and the interior is gutted and the body is aero-enhanced, while the corners are equipped with enough stick to hit 1 G on the skid pad.
That impressive lateral acceleration figure provides the name for this unexpected SEMA concept car. But of course, a track-bound Prius isn’t an easy thing to pull off, especially when you consider the dearth of performance parts available on the aftermarket. But when Toyota brought the project to Gordon Ting of Beyond Marketing, he was undeterred.
“It’s an experiment in some ways,” Ting said. “The Prius G is unexpected, and that thrills me. I like building out the reputation of the car and showing that it can do a lot more with minimal changes.”
So what exactly does this reworked 2016 Prius bring to the table? Read on to learn all the details.
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2016 Toyota Land Speed Cruiser
Using a nameplate that dates back to 1951, the Land Cruiser has been one of Toyota’s best-selling SUVs for decades. Rugged on the outside, comfortable on the inside, and motivated by powerful engines and reliable a all-wheel-drive system, the current-generation Land Cruiser continues to impress despite being almost a decade old. Luckily, the Japanese brand just introduced a new facelift for the 2017 model year, keeping the SUV fresh for a few more years.
Even though the Land Cruiser received quite a few nips and tucks, it’s not that much more powerful than the outgoing model. Now, toyota set out to prove that the SUV can pack a lot of heat, and unleashed the Land Speed Cruiser concept at the 2016 SEMA Show. As the name suggests, the SUV is about tremendous speed, which goes hand in hand with horsepower. But, this isn’t the kind of beefed-up Toyota you get from TRD. This SUV is significantly more powerful than every supercar you can buy in 2016. Yup, that means thousands of horsepower.
Designed and built by the company’s motorsport technical manager Chuck Wade and his team of skilled engineers, the Land Speed Cruiser is actually a 2017 Land Cruiser body on a significantly redesigned chassis with a completely redesigned drivetrain system. Wade says that the brand meddled with every single component, which made getting the body back onto the heavily modified frame a very difficult task. This speaks volumes of the intense work that was put into this project, but we’ll talk more in the review below.
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2016 Toyota Corolla XTREME
When you’re an automaker, having a car that is in continuous production for 50 years is one hell of a feat. For Toyota, that accomplishment goes to the Corolla, which just so happened to turn 50 years old this year. Originally offered as a subcompact, the Corolla stuck to its original segment until 1991, when Toyota ushered in the seventh-generation model as a true compact. Since then, it’s gone through four generational evolutions with the 11th-gen model being introduced to the U.S. for the 2014 model year. The Corolla got some minor exterior changes for 2017, but Toyota apparently put more interest in its presence at SEMA and has created what must be the craziest Corolla that you’ll ever lay eyes one. Dubbed the Corolla XTREME, this baby boasts a two-door configuration (yes, you read that right,) a custom interior, custom sound system, and a desire to make you say “WTF is that thing?”
Of course, this kind of concept doesn’t show up out of the blue. It only came to be thanks to this year’s SEMA show, which has –in all honestly – turned out to be the craziest event of the year for modified vehicles and concepts. Sure, there are a few lazy concepts floating around here and there, but manufacturers have really outdone themselves in most cases, and this insanely custom Toyota Corolla is a prime example of Toyota going the extra mile.
This concept will certainly make you question everything you’ve even thought about the Corolla, but that’s kind of the point. This certainly isn’t something you’ll see every day and, to be honest, you probably wouldn’t want to either. But, It is surely garnering some needed attention at Toyota’s booth. Don’t give Toyota too much credit, though; this isn’t something that Toyota was able to come up with itself. Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs out of Simi Valley, California had his very talented hands all over this project. So, let’s take a look and see what Lookofsky and Toyota cooked up with this wild, one-of-a-kind concept.
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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Race Truck
Toyota has a long history with desert racing. In fact, Toyota started back in 1979 as a marketing tool to help advertise the trucks’ durability to a country completely dominated by domestic branded trucks. Fast-forward to today, and Toyota is still using desert racing as a way to attract attention to its brand and trucks. More specifically, this truck is build to herald the attributes of the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro.
This truck started life as a factory Tacoma TRD Pro, but got tons of upgrades in preparation for its entry into “The Great American Off-Road Race,” the Mint 400. Held March 1-5, 2017 in Las Vegas, the Mint 400 is one of the longest and most grueling off-road races in the U.S.
The truck is modified to help it better handle the rigors of long-distance off-road racing, but the majority of its parts are factory. “The Tacoma TRD Pro Race Truck is the most badass Tacoma we’ve developed,” says John Myers, National Trucks Vehicle Marketing and Communications Manager at Toyota Motor Sales. “The Mint 400 represents the most robust example of desert racing. It’s an excellent proving ground for this special build.”
So, does the Tacoma TRD Pro Race Truck have what it takes to last 400 miles in the roughest and fastest terrain this side of the Mexican border? Keep reading to find out.
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2016 Toyota Extreme Sienna
The Toyota Sienna may not be one of the first models anybody associates with the SEMA Auto Show, but Toyota’s resident people mover has been a showstopper in Las Vegas over the past few years. Anybody remember the R-Tuned Concept from last year’s show? How about the SpongeBob Edition? While we’re at it, let’s not forget about the Swagger Wagon Supreme from 2010, one of the most outlandish builds we’ve ever seen at SEMA. This year, Toyota’s booth at SEMA brought the Extreme Sienna. While it’s not as mind-blowing as the Swagger Wagon, it still upholds the oftentimes audacious nature of SEMA.
Regardless of what you think of the Sienna, you can’t deny that it’s an incredibly popular car among aftermarket tuners. This time around, Toyota brought in Rick Leos, hot rod builder extraordinaire from Real Time Automotive to put his aftermarket touch on the Sienna. “We wanted to go to a place no one else would think of with this build,” Leos said, referring to what he and his team decided to do on the minivan. “This Extreme Sienna is our contribution to the van culture movement that’s happening right now. People are showing a lot of vision and adapting vans to serve for almost any purpose. We wanted to take this idea all the way to the next level.”
That “next level” can be interpreted in so many different directions, but as far as Leos and Real Time Automotive were concerned, it was a license to go crazy on the Sienna, which is exactly what they did to the minivan, most notably the infusion of luxury to the vehicle’s interior. The result is as impressive a build for the Sienna as we’ve seen in a long time. Even SpongeBob can’t say anything about it.
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Toyota’s performance division – known as TRD – has brought five customized vehicles to the 2015 SEMA Auto Show this year. By now, it is clear that none of these vehicles are anywhere near as extreme as some of the vehicles TRD has brought to SEMA in the past. There are some body modifications, but the interior and drivetrain remain almost untouched.
Last year, Toyota and TRD brought us what came to be one of the best sleepers ever designed. It was a Camry that was extensively modified with a custom chassis and a 5.7-liter engine. The body actually lifted off of the frame, hinged at the rear, like a common-day funny car. Well, Toyota has presented another TRD Camry this year at SEMA, but don’t be getting excited just yet – there is no sleeper material here. In fact, at a quick glance, you might not even know the TRD Camry has been modified.
This year, the TRD Camry comes in the form of a 2015 Camry XSE V-6. The sedan has been a best seller in the U.S. for the last 12 years, but it was redesigned for the 2015 model year, so at least it has that going for it. Now that this TRD Camry has been unveiled, let’s take a look at what it brings to the table.
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Toyota is previewing a litter of its models dressed to the nines in TRD garb at the SEMA Auto Show. One of these models is the Toyota Corolla, and for the purpose of this particular exercise, the TRD Corolla provides a fresh take on the world’s best-selling car nameplate. As if that’s reason enough for Corolla owners to jump for joy, there’s also an all-too real possibility that this custom Corolla could find its way on the road in the not-too distant future.
There is a caveat, of course, and Toyota isn’t prepared to make any bold promises just yet. But, it’s no secret that as popular as the Corolla is and will continue to be, it’s the type of car that could have a little more edge to it. This TRD kit accomplishes that in some respects, although not the extent that most people would expect. As the equivalent of a preview model though, it’s presented well enough for customers to at least give it a second look.
Take a gander at the Toyota TRD Corolla and see for yourself if this kitted-up Corolla has a future in the real world. Toyota has said that it’s going to have its ears on the ground in Las Vegas to collect reactions from the public and the media. If those comments come through as positive, then we might be one step closer to finally seeing a TRD kit for the Corolla. Better late than never.
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Ford is no longer the biggest manufacturer in the game of building life-sized Tonka trucks. Injecting a bit of fun into its SEMA booth, Toyota brought the Tonka 4Runner, a customized SUV that’s designed to play in the same sandbox as the Mighty Ford F-750 Tonka concept and the limited-production 2014 Tonka F-150 by the Tuscany Motor Company. The Tonka 4Runner is just begging to be played with, gotten dirty, and left out in the rain.
Built in conjunction with Funrise, who manufactures Tonka toys for Hasbro, the Tonka 4Runner is a high-riding, adventure-oriented off-roader. It’s the second collaboration with Funrise for Toyota, following the Tonka Tundra fire truck. The Tonka 4Runner is an extreme truck, with a dizzying ten-inch suspension lift, huge off-road tires and a roof tent in addition to familiar Tonka graphics. From a distance, it looks like you could just pick this one up and play with it. Although it’s inspired by toys, it’s also been designed to be a very functional expedition vehicle. The modifications to the suspension and body have been made to improve capability and versatility. There’s even a roof-mounted fuel can.
Licensing restrictions mean that production is unlikely, but as a functional, adult-sized toy, the Tonka 4Runner is a good inspirational vehicle.
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Toyota really jumped on the Back to the Future bandwagon this year when the date that Marty McFly traveled to rolled around. Toyota saw it as an opportunity to promote its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, highlighting it as futuristic technology despite its lack of flying capability. It all seemed a little forced, but a lot of people probably never heard about it, given the din of all the other Back to the Future things going on. So, Toyota is following it up with a Back to the Future-themed Mirai concept for the SEMA show in Las Vegas, and you have to hand it to Toyota, it really committed to the premise.
The car in the movie, a DeLorean DMC-12, is obviously a very different sort of vehicle than the Mirai, so the SEMA car has been heavily modified. It does seem like a lot of effort to go to for a car that never actually had anything to do with the movie in the first place, but it is pretty amusing to see, and you can forgive a lot for the sake of a well made joke.
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