Toyota Tacoma Gets Updated For 2023, Receives New SR5 SX and Chrome Packages
Toyota has updated its pickup trucks, the Tundra and the Tacoma, for the 2023 model year. There isn’t much done to the trucks per se, but the automaker has introduced packages for both of them. For the Tacoma, Toyota is offering two packages – the Chrome Package and the SX Package. Both of these are offered only on the SR5 grade. The other addition is the Solar Octane exterior shade for the TRD Pro. Will these additions be enough for the Tacoma to retain its number 1 spot in the midsize pickup truck segment?
The new SX Package Makes the Toyota Tundra A Little Darker for 2023
After a much anticipated revamp for 2022, the Tundra receives minor updates for the 2023 model year in the form of a new SX trim package. It is solely for the SR5 trim and adds dark-colored accents to both the exterior and the interior. Both the base and the hybrid version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 remain unchanged for this year, with the same power figures as the 2022 model year.
Leaked: The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Could Be Offered With Shelby GT500’s 5.2-Liter Engine
We’ve known for quite some time now that “the” Ford F-150 Raptor R is coming - it has actually been delayed once already. We also know that it will be offered with a V-8 engine - as the company itself confirmed. The only problem is that the list for that V-8 engine is quite long and includes the 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote up to the 7.3-liter, V-8 Godzilla. One thing is for sure, no matter what it was, it needed to be something powerful enough to compete with Ram TRX’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. A new leak has exposed Ford’s plans for the Raptor R and they are bigger than you think.
2022 Brabus 900 XLP "One Of Ten" - An AMG G63 That Pushes the Boundaries of Sanity
If the XLP name sounds familiar to you it is because just recently Brabus announced two 800 Adventure XLP packages: one Superblack and one Superwhite. Both are based on the G63 AMG, both deliver 800 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque, and both are priced at way over €700,000.
Now the XLP name is back as part of a new 900 XLP "One of ten" package, still based on the G63 AMG, but this time the output goes up to an even more impressive 900 horsepower!
Volkswagen Puts America’s Big Three On Notice By Reviving the Scout Name For Its EV Brand
The original Scout was an off-road vehicle produced by International Harvester from 1961 to 1980. The model was built in two different generations and was offered as a two-door truck with a removable hardtop. It was aimed at models from Jeep. Many considered the Scout as one of the most influential vehicles ever made and the world’s first modern SUV.
These days it is actually very difficult to find a Scout in good condition, but don’t worry, Volkswagen has you covered.
Hoonigan Puts Two Fast & Furious Homage Cars On The Dyno To See What Power They Make
Hoonigan shows some love for the original Fast & Furious movie by hosting a "Dyno war" at throtl’s dyno where two cars, inspired by the 2001 Fast & Furious movie, put down some epic numbers, worthy of the franchise. Hoonigan brings their Ford F-150 "Frightening", which is a parts bin special with a 2JZ swap while throtl brings out a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, modified to look like Brian O’Conner’s original car. This one, however, is the real deal, so it should be interesting to see what power it makes. Hopefully, no "danger to manifold" signs pop up.
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro
Ford launched theF-150 Lightning EV last week and it mostly drew positive responses. The talking point was the sub-$40,000 price for the commercial variant, which would result in being cheaper than the standard F-150 after factoring in the federal tax credits and state incentives. The automaker had not revealed the specs for it then, but we do have them.
The company has coined this commercial trim as the F-150 Lightning Pro. As a sub-$40,000 EV, it looks alright on paper. But, look at it as a work truck – which it is – and you will be disappointed.
It’s Imperative That Ford Launches a Ranger EV ASAP
At this point, it would be a miracle if we see the Tesla Cybertruck this decade, the GMC Hummer is too expensive, GM can’t sell EVs to save its life, yet the Ford F-150 Lightning is already sold out. What does that tell you? The American public wants electric trucks, but they don’t want to pay a fortune for them and, while the Cybertruck is cool, it’s gimmicky and won’t appeal to the wide range of people that actually buy trucks. A Ford Ranger EV, however, would be more affordable than all of the aforementioned trucks, it would be usable in day-to-day life, and it would just make sense. As it turns out, it might happen sooner than we all thought.
The Ford F-150 Lightning Will Be Old By The Time The Tesla Cybertruck Arrives
You might be wondering why a truck, that debuted almost a year ago, is being launched once again? Well, that’s because Ford showcased the truck on May 19, 2021, but the series production is all set to begin today (26th April). We pretty much know everything there is to know about the F-150 Lightning and its work-truck version, the F-150 Lightning Pro. But, this time, Ford has released the images of the truck at the company’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center.
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford debuted the F-150 Lightning in 2021, and the electric truck checks almost all the boxes and can be considered as the first mainstream electric pickup truck for the masses. There are a lot of electric trucks launched in recent years, like the Tesla Cybertruck, the Rivian R1T, the Lordstown Endurance, the Bollinger B2, etc. But, none of them offer the all-round capability that the F-150 Lightning does.
The Ford truck comes with all the bells and whistles one can ask for, and then some more. For now, Ford has launched it in one body style and three basic trims plus an exclusive work truck model, but expect it to grow in the coming years. With all the subsidies and credits, the F-150 Lightning works out to be the cheapest full-size truck in the market today! (more on this in the ‘Pricing’ section). From the looks of it, the F-150 Lightning seems to be an all-rounder that offers good power outputs, decent range, and a lot of tech features. Do you think it will be a runaway success, or will the loyalists look around at other trucks?
Should Tesla Spin-Off ’PLAID’ As Their Very Own High-Performance Sub-Brand?
Right from the onset, Tesla’s have always been pretty quick cars. The first-gen Roadster seems like a spec from the distant past, but it was nice to see Musk, drive up on stage in one, at the recently held ’Giga Rodeo’. Fast forward to today and the current crop of Tesla’s has turned things up to a eleven, especially when you consider cars like the Model S Plaid and the recently unveiled Model X Plaid.
Ford F-150 Lightning To Come With Tank Turn Capability!
The Ford F-150 Lighting debuted in 2021, but a year later, the company is all set to officially launch it. The company had received around 200,000 reservations for the world’s best-selling truck’s electric alter-ego, but recently stopped taking any more orders for it. While the truck is sold out for the current model year is a piece of big news in itself, there’s another big news coming in, courtesy of LightningOwners.com.
As it turns out, Ford has filed a patent with the USPTO about the tank turn capability in the Ford F-150 Lightning. Looks like Ford has already started reaping the benefits of its investment in Rivian… or does this have nothing to do with it?
Hennessey Mammoth 1000 6x6 TRX Enters Production, But It Is Not Cheap!
Hennessey announced the Mammoth 1000 6x6 TRX for the first time towards the end of 2020. It is supposed to be the biggest and most exclusive six-wheel-drive truck ever created by Hennessey in its 30 years of history. Now, about a year and a half later, the tuner announced that the Mammoth finally went into production. Only 12 units will be built, so, if you have an extra half a million sitting around, hurry up!