Performance: Toyota Tundra TR Concept
TRD Items Make This Concept Reality
This was a truck Toyota displayed at the SEMA show in 2009, and even though this specific version of the truck hasn't gone into production, it wouldn't be impossible to build one like it.
The 2009 Tundra TR concept was built, in some ways, as a tribute to drag racing. As Toyota explained it, "back in the 1960s and early 1970s, auto manufacturers responded to the growing desire for high performance automobiles by creating a segment now known as musclecars. The ideal concept was to pair the lightest platform with the largest motor, thus giving the buyer the best horsepower to weight ratio possible. While many of the packages loudly advertised the car's performance (SuperBee, Boss 302, GTO, Challenger), some of the most potent combinations had little to no options and no exterior differentiation from the base model cars to create a 'sleeper'."
Toyota began with the lightest Tundra -- a two-wheel-drive Tundra Grade regular cab with a short bed -- equipped with the 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter iForce V-8. Then they went to work, adding a slew of Toyota Racing Development parts. TRD offers Thunder Paks for buyers, and Toyota installed two of them here. Thunder Pak #1 includes a TRD sport suspension, which lowered the truck, and a TRD exhaust that has been ceramic-coated black. Thunder Pak #2 is where the real power comes from, though -- it comes with a TRD supercharger and boost gauge, boosting performance to 500 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. There is also aftermarket equipment adding more power to the SEMA truck -- a Nitrous Oxide Systems 150-horsepower shot of nitrous with dual 10-pound tanks -- bringing total power to 625 horsepower. The Matte Black Tundra was given matching black front and rear bumpers and grille surround, and the standard 18-inch steel wheels were painted black to match. The interior is also black, with bucket seats.
Additional interior goodies include the TRD Sport Tuner package, with a black gauge surround, shifter surround, and door plates, plus Auto Meter gauges, including a five-inch pedestal-mount tach. We tested a Tundra that was similar to this truck -- it was a supercharged regular-cab Tundra Grade V-8 -- but lacked the NOS. At that point, it went from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds; we can only imagine how fast it is with nitrous. Want a truck like this? Better hurry, as the regular-cab short-bed 5.7-liter will be gone in 2011.