Toyota Prepares Handful of Tacomas, Tundra for SEMA
It will be trucks galore at the Toyota stand at this year's Las Vegas show, with primped out Tacomas and a Tundra that are sure to garner some oohs and aahs. Check out these trucks that are equipped with a water high-pressure washer, barbeque grille, and an overhead shower below.
2012 Toyota Tacoma T|X Baja Series
As the name suggests the T|X Baja is inspired by the Baja 500 and 1000 desert races, in which Toyota's Toyota Racing Development (TRD) wing been quite successful. Fittingly, TRD has tweaked the 2012 Tacoma to make it more of an off-road warrior, and tossed in a few visual upgrades to make it look the part.
Baja Series trucks are based on standard Tacoma four-wheel-drive models equipped with the existing TRD Off-Road package. Available in both Access (i.e. extended) and Double (i.e. crew) Cab forms, Baja trucks are available only with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine, along with either a six-speed manual (a new addition for the 2012 Tacoma lineup) or a five-speed automatic. The TRD package also adds an electronically locking rear differential, hill-start assist, and a brake-based downhill speed control.
The T|X Baja adds a few new components designed to increase suspension travel. Up front, the truck receives 60mm Bilstein race shocks and TRD-tuned coil springs up front. In back, the Baja truck uses 50 mm Bilstein dampers with a remote oil reservoir. Toyota says the front suspension travel is an inch greater than stock, while the rear suspension can articulate by an extra inch and a half. Cosmetic upgrades include special 16-inch gunmetal wheels with BF Goodrich tires, a TRD-crafted cat-back exhaust system, and special Baja Series graphics along the length of the pickup bed.
Long Beach Racers Tacoma
The Long Beach Racers (enthusiasts that race trucks in Baja) drew inspiration from the Tacoma Baja Series to create their own desert runner. The list of modifications include a TIG welded roll cage with a "low profile" rear cage that is signature to the Long Beach racers. The truck sits atop Bilstein 60mm race shocks, and Hella HID lights come on custom mounts on the bumper. CMI carbon-fiber skidplates and a custom wrap round out visual upgrades, while Mastercraft race seats, harnesses and window nets appear in side. A PCI Race Radio and intercom systems also helps this desert runner keep in touch with others.
Oakley Surf Tacoma
Customized by Smithbuilt, this Taco is designed to be a sweet wave runner for all those toes-on-the-nose-loving beach bums. Talking mechanics, the Surf Taco wears a Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust pipe, and stands tall with an Icon stage 3 lift kit, Billet A top arms, and new leaf springs. Wheels are finished in a flat black and mounted to BF Goodrich tires. Inside, Wet Okole Hawaii embroidered seat covers decorate the cabin, while a Kicker sound system blasts music. Before enjoying a charburger and cold beverage (ice chest and grill are included), wash off all that salty sea water with an integrated shower system. Had enough sun for the day? Use the shade system that is equipped in the back of the roof rack system.
Toyota Tundra Ultimate Motocross Truck
Why is this the ultimate motocross truck? Because DC Shoes' motocross riders (and they should know) spilled their guts on everything they would want in a truck, and West Coast Customs made it happen. The Tundra Double Cab 4x4, equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic, is transformed into a rough-rider, coated in a custom rough textured paint by Line-X. It also receives a suspension lift, courtesy of Camburg Racing, and shocks are provided by Fox Racing. Goodies include a roof rack that doubles as a viewing deck, fold-up side beds, and a suicide tailgate. For added convenience, a gas pump and water pressure washer are stashed under the bed, along with an air compressor. A winch and a hidden ramp also make loading and unloading bikes easy.