October 21, 2015 is a special date for fans of Universal’s Back To The Future trilogy – the date in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to, arriving from thirty years in the past. Flying cars, hover boards, self-lacing Nikes, 3D holograms, and video conferencing were all highlights of futuristic tech, though only a handful of technologies made the three-decade leap. Yep, 1985 had high aspirations for 2015.

Toyota, however, has plucked McFly’s 1985 Pickup right out of BTTF Part Two and transplanted its soul into a 2016 Tacoma. The concept truck even makes its debut on October 21 in celebration.

The Tacoma is decked out with tubular bumpers, a roll bar, KC off-road lights, a black paint job, and a throwback TOYOTA graphic on the tailgate. It’s hard to believe how close Toyota’s designers were able to replicate the 30-year-old Toyota Pickup.

Sadly, there’s no word if Toyota will actually produce a limited run of these trucks, but I’d venture to guess not. The closest thing we’re likely to get is a package deal through Toyota’s TRD aftermarket parts program. Even still, that’d be amazingly awesome.

Let’s take a look at McFly’s 21st century ride.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future Concept.

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    Direct & Port Injection
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    3.5 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
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  • Top Speed:
    115 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, 4WD w/ Low Range
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
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Back to The Future

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"The headlights and taillights get amber turn signals in lieu of the typical red lenses."

Toyota started with a stock 2016 Tacoma Access Cab and transformed the modern truck by concentrating on the details. Starting up front, a tubular bumper with a grille guard holds two rectangular KC driving lights. Behind that is black paint, just like on the 1985 version. Mud flaps with “4WD” printed in white keep dirt from marring the finish. A tubular-framed roll bar topped with four, round KC lights gives the truck a ferocious attitude. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires mounted on TRD wheels complete the look.

The details continue on a smaller scale. The headlights and taillights get amber turn signals in lieu of the typical red lenses. The C-Pillar sports an old-school badge that reads “TOYOTA 4WD D-4S.” That D-4S is Toyota’s new fuel injection system found on the Tacoma’s all-new 3.5-liter V-6, but it harks back to the old 22R engine designation.


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Thankfully automotive interiors have come a long way in 30 years, so Toyota didn’t mess with the evolutionary success. The cabin of the 2016 Tacoma was left as-is, meaning ergonomic controls made from high-quality materials are at hand. The Access cab gives plenty of room for two adults up front, but the jump seats out back are best reserved for small kids or cargo.


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The 2016 Tacoma has two engine options, including the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder. However, McFly’s modern-day ride is powered by an all-new 3.5-liter V-6 that features both direct and port fuel injection, variable valve timing, and a variable combustion cycle that includes both Otto and Atkinson cycles.

Maybe the future is bright after all…

All this technology helps the V-6 kick out 278 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. Fitted with the 4WD TRD package, the V-6 can be had with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Toyota doesn’t specify as to which transmission is in this concept truck.


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Ok, so 3D holograms (in the form of movies), hover boards (thanks to Lexus), and video conferencing have are all present in 2015. Heck, Nike has even developed pair of self-lacing shoes, albeit as a very limited edition series that are headed to a charity auction.

Still, none of those things seem as cool as this truck. I may be biased towards the thing with four wheels, but I don’t care. Video conferencing is great, but when it comes to “riding around the block with Jennifer,” the Toyota Pickup is second to none.

Toyota did a great job at recreating the film icon down to the last detail. Let’s just hope the truck makes production. Hey Toyota, at least give us a package through the TRD dealer accessory program!

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    • Slim chance Toyota builds it

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Press Release

Toyota is celebrating October 21, 2015 – the futuristic date first introduced in Back to the Future Part II – with a re-creation of Marty McFly’s dream truck. Using the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma that went on sale in September, fans in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas can see the truck in major tourist destinations for today only.

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To make the 2016 Tacoma look like a modern-day version of the classic from the movie, a number of modifications were made:

Custom 1985 Toyota Truck Exterior Paint
Off-road Suspension
Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Wheels
BFGoodrich Tires
Custom front and rear Tubular Bumpers
Custom Light Bar
KC HiLites Gravity LED G46
KC HiLites Daylighter Gravity LED
Custom “D-4S” Fuel Injection Badging
Custom Tailgate with Iconic “TOYOTA” Logo
Custom Vintage Headlight and Taillight Design
Mud Flaps 1985 Toyota Truck

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