• Oct 18, 2008
Toyota's SEMAfied Venzas won't stop, even if we ask nicely. The second modified don't-call-it-a-Camry wagon comes courtesy of Street Image, which will bring the SportLux Venza "performance show car" to SEMA. A contradiction in terms if we've ever heard it.

According to Toyota PR, the SportLux is a model that could be offered as a factory tuner, complete with six-piece body kit, spoiler, custom grille and, of course, a hood scoop.

Thankfully, Street Image's blood, sweat and tears didn't stop with the body, so a TRD supercharger has been fitted to the engine (although no power figures were divulged), sending the additional grunt to four, 24-inch Chrome Cognac No 20 wheels (seriously), suspended by a set of custom coilovers. The same brakes fitted to the Five Axis vehicle appear on the SportLux, and in keeping with the "Lux" part of its name, black suede covers the roof, sunvisors, pillars and trunk, along with a black and burgundy leather interior, accent lighting and color matched trim. An Eclipse AVN6620 sound system with a 7-inch TFT display churns out 2,500 watts of only the finest Michael Bolton.

Hit the jump to read the press release and expect more from the show floor in a few weeks.

[Source: Toyota | Image: Jalopnik]

PRESS RELEASE

New 2009 Toyota Venza Transforms Into Sportlux By Street Image For 2008 SEMA Show

October 16, 2008 - Torrance, CA - The new 2009 Toyota Venza underwent a unique transformation by Street Image resulting in the creation of the SportLux Venza performance show car. The Venza SportLux will be displayed at the Toyota exhibit throughout the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas from November 4-7.

The conceptual vision of the Toyota SportLux Venza by the Street Image design team was centered on a vehicle which could be offered as a factory tuned model. Taking cues from European tuners, Street Image added an assortment of subtle, yet aggressive, body kit modifications including a six-piece lip kit enhancement, rear hatch spoiler, custom grille and integrated hood scoop.

Its performance driven stance reflects the Toyota SportLux Venza's substantial boost in power output. Among its many performance modifications are several components from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) including a supercharger kit. The SportLux Venza's power surge is complemented with a height adjustable coil over tuned suspension and rides on Chrome Cognac No 20 Wheels measuring 24-inches and Toyo Proxy 4 performance tires. The massive wheels are controlled by 15-inch front and 13.6-inch rear TRD Big Brakes with forged calipers.

Street Image added appropriate interior comfort and convenience modifications to the SportLux Venza including special Black & Burgundy leather seating. A state-of-the-art Eclipse entertainment system features a premium navigation system and includes front and rear video and high-powered audio. The overall effect gives passengers a refined sports car feel without sacrificing the utilitarian appeal of the Venza.

TOYOTA VENZA SPORTLUX

Designed by Street Image

Exterior Modifications:

•Six piece lip kit enhancement
•Rear hatch spoiler
•Integrated hood scoop
•Flash window film
•Custom grille
•Mirror turn signals
•Chrome Cognac No 20 wheels
-Front 24" x 9.5"
-Rear 24" x 10.0"
•Toyo Proxy 4 performance tires
-Front 255/30ZR24
-Rear 275/30ZR20
•Dual center exiting stainless steel exhaust

Interior Modifications:

•Seating in black and burgundy leather upholstery
•Accent upholstery in black suede
-Headliner and sun visors
-Pillars
•Steering wheel upholstered in black leather
•Accent lighting
•Color matched accents

Engine and Bay Modifications:

•TRD supercharger, oil filler cap and high pressure radiator cap
•Cold air intake system
•Hose Techniques silicone vacuum hose, couplers and t-bolt clamps
•Color match accents
•Polished accents pieces and hard lines
•Optima D34/78 Yellow Top deep cycle battery
•Counter sunk stainless steel metric hardware

Suspension Modifications:

•Height adjustable coil over suspension

Brake Modifications:

•TRD Big Brakes
-Front 15" diameter
-Rear 13.6" diameter
•TRD forged calipers
-Front 6 piston
-Rear 4 piston
•Braided stainless steel brake lines
•Motul RBF 600 brake fluid

In Car Entertainment:

•Eclipse AVN6620 - In-dash navigation with 7" wide TFT display and dual DVD multi-source receiver x 1; SIR-ECL1 - Sirius Satellite Radio tuner x 1; MRE-700W - 7" wide screen monitors x 2; XA4200 - 1000 watt 4 channel class D amplifier with channel flex crossover x 1; ZA1200 - 1500 watt 1 channel class D subwoofer amplifier x 2; SC8355 5 ¼" component 3-way speaker system x 1; SC6500 6 ½" component 2-way speaker system x 1; and SW8000 10" dual coil subwoofer x 2

•Cascade APS90 continuous power supply

•Headrest mounted monitors for rear passenger entertainment

•Custom false floor subwoofer enclosure

•Black suede trunk area upholstery


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Crossover = Station Wagon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No.
        • 6 Years Ago
        is it me or are the rims in front different from the ones in back?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Ouch, like putting a bow tie on a pig." -- That's not a Chevy Traverse.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ouch, like putting a bow tie on a pig.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyo, make a V8 version!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Call it what it is, a ricey camry wagon with huge wheels. Nothing more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL!! That was funny, Its a mean looker thats for sure. I like it though. Its a Toyota so sportiness be damn. Probably corners like a boat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      for some reasons, now I am really confused between the Venza and the Matrix......also stop spraying water for the pictorial, its NOT a woman in wet T-shirt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In round two of "Things that Real People Would Never Do" comes the totally implausible Toyota Venza tuner-style makeover. Perfect for creeping gently over the speed bumps at your local Wal-Mart while people point and snicker.

      Whoever mentioned lipstick and pigs before, c'mon back - you've got more work to do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, it is good to see TRD is getting more involved these days with supplying red-hottle fettled Toyota's ... i think it is a good effort.

      Here in Australia, TRD has recently come aive on our shores with various forms of motor-racing which includes Rally Sport (Australian Rally Championships), Drifting and Drag Racing and have connected thier involvement in motor-racing to standard Toyota vehicles by releasing the TRD Aurion which is an absolute beaut looking machine and a TRD Hilux.

      The TRD Aurion (FWD) is powered by a supercharged 3.5 V6 which benefits from significant suspension and brake enhancements aswell as a cosmetic update and is a very enjoyable beast to drive.

      The TRD Hilux (4X4) is known as Australia's first 'Tuff Truck' and is powered by a supercharged 4.0 v6 also with considerable suspension and brake rework and although it's on-road manners have been vastly improved, it has retained it's full off-road ability at the same time ... job well done Toyota / TRD !!

      For a look at our local TRD models, google TRD Aurion / TRD Hilux or visit the website TRD.com.au

      Cheers

      ps. i love American NASCAR racing ... GO TOYOTA !!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a Toyota Pacifica... Not bad, but could be better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OOH, SEXY! Even hotter and prettier than the other one! Go Toyota!
        • 6 Years Ago
        hell yea it looks really good!!!

        if they ever made this this would be the best crossover period.

        I love the shape of the whole car itself and what thy did to the back is really nice.


        good job toyota
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yep, looks awesome. People need to stop calling station wagons crossovers though. It's not like the body type is a new design or anything. I'd definitely take one, if it came like that of course.
      What\'s goin\' on?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing looks really angry. At itself.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think JDMlover hasn't seen the Ford edge..
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