• Nov 5, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Toyota RAV4 Performance Sport

Santa Ana-based MV Designz took Toyota's overtly practical RAV4 and kicked the majority of the 'ute's functionality out the hatch. With a custom wide body kit, front and rear fascias, LED headlamps, hood and panoramic glass roof, the RAV4 Performance Sport comes off as a prop reject from the stillborn Judge Dredd sequel, and the 22x9.5 (front) and 22x10 (rear) USW wheels and lowered suspension won't do it any dynamic favors. No word on engine mods outside of a new exhaust, but with the added aerodynamic drag and an interior stocked with Alpine goodies, we'd guess that the base V6 will have a hard time living up to Toyota's line about the RAV4 Performance Sport being "ready to set new speed records."



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Otto:

      No matter how much you try to sugarcoat it, toyota sucks. The only thing i love about toyota even a little bit are their trucks and SUVs. Toyota caught amnesia when it came to performance in the late 90's. Someone needs to give em a good whack upside the head, again.

      Sure several of their vehicles are nimble and quick, but thats what i call "performance vehicles on accident". The only reason the camry, RAV4, etc are that quick is because toyota is trying to keep up with or leave other automakers when it comes to power. They are doing a good job, but these vehicles are by no means performance and never will be.

      At least they didnt go honda's route and completely lose my respect by releasing that abomination people call the Ridgeline
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac called. They want their twin grilles back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No...'Yota does it themselves by copying so many other manufacturers. Their day is coming.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The only products i see where toyota copied anyone, is their uber large SUVs, and those are not selling. Who have they copied exactly? Fj Cruiser, Rav-4 (originally introduced and CREATED the small SUV market), Scion copies no one, Camry is the leader, Hybrid tech leading the world in the next direction, Matrix was one of the first cars in its class. Next up is the IQ which is a copy of the smart but done right.

        Funny thing is that Ford and Chevy copy themselves, They copy their successes from the 60s and 70s and remain fixated on some movie called Bullit, and ancient specialty cars called muscle cars. In the mean time when Ford wants a modern Hybrid, they license the tech from Toyota.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Otta, Suzuki was making smaller SUVs before the RAV4 came out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Otto, Otto, Otto. Can't see the forest for the trees.... This monstrosity we're talking about...looks like a Pontiac...and I wasn't the first to point it out. Their new Vercruz (?) looks like a smoothed-out Ford Edge. I, too, am not the first to point that out. The original Tundra looked like an F-150 with the grill turned upside-down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Poor Rav4 :(

      I hope its parents don't see this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Otto, point taken. Thank you. Toyota might have the most powerful engine lineup. Oh, wait...do they have the most powerful gas engine of ANY manufacturer (barring commercial vehicles)? I do believe that particular honor goes to 6.8L Triton V10 with 362 poines and 457 lb-ft of torque. That, my friend, is power. Chevy has the Vortec Max 6.0L with 367 ponies and 375 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7L Hemi cranks out 390 ponies and 410 lb-ft of torque. Tundra, however, puts out 381 ponies and 401 lb-ft of torque.
      I would imagine that the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger all have bigger engines than anything Toyota puts in their cars.
      I believe that if you truly combined all the engine choices and averaged out power, Toyota just might not come out on the top of that list (especially when [if] Ford comes along with EcoBoost), considering their truck gets beat by every other manufacturer out there, save for Nissan(they still make a truck?).
      Toyota might have some fast cars, but they don't have the brute strength that the Big 3 (or 2.5 as someone comically pointed out earlier) have. That's something the Big 3 have always known and done well. If Toyota were to focus more on power, they'll have to sacrifice some MPGs...like my grandpa always said: If you want the ponies, you gotta feed them. Sicne Toyota can claim one of the GREENEST manufacturers, would they rather trade this title for the other? That remains to be seen! Have fun out there...!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm convinced toyota no longer even knows the definition of the word performance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this was meant for Mr Luke

      yeah Ford can have some fast trucks too, and sounds like with a little aftermarket love they can be faster than Toytoas. But the point i was making is that people complain about poor performance with Toyotas, when Toyota has one of the fastest and most powerful lineups of any manufacturer in its class.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog......



      YOU ARE BIAS.


      Just look at the damn title to this.....damn...trying to spread the Toyota hate huh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice ricer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Get a life Toyota and COME ORIGINAL!!! This is the SECOND vehicle in the last few weeks that looks like another manufacturer's vehicle...this looks like a Pontiac and the other looked like a Ford Edge! Toyota must be running out of original ideas for design....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Luke, if you had bothered to read any of the text you would have noticed that Toyota didn't do the mods to this RAV4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's the new Pontiac Torrent!

      well. Isn't this ironic?

      it wouldn't really suck as a Pontiac, but as a toyota? hell to the naw.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota can suck it. :)
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