• Oct 6, 2010
We've got a Tacoma-sized soft spot for factory-built high performance trucks, even if they're just concepts. It's why we loved the F-150 Lightning and why we think the new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is one of the best things to happen to the pickup world in a long time. Toyota is helping to fuel that fire with the introduction of its new Tacoma X-Runner RTR. In this case, those last three consonants stand for "Ready to Race." The machine looks like our kind of absurdity and was built for that mecca of inanity, SEMA.

The RTR follows an age-old hot rodding recipe; shove the biggest engine you've got into the lightest chassis on hand. Under the hood, a supercharged 5.7-liter V8 borrowed from the larger Tundra should help the Tacoma RTR dominate the drag strip. The engine is coupled to a stock six-speed automatic transmission, also from the Tundra, and a Tundra rear axle dumps all of the power to the pavement.

Toyota says that the drivetrain is good for 504 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, and that those numbers are good enough to get the truck to scoot down the quarter mile in around 11 seconds. If you can't tell, we're grinning from ear to ear. Head over to Pickuptrucks.com for a closer look.

[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      mono - Toyota.com only lets you build what you'd commonly find on the dealer's lots local to your zip code. The 5.7L w/ regular cab is available. A coworker has one, in fact. You just have to order it or see if your dealer will do a trade for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I appreciate the fact that Toyota finally gave its engineers a playday :D... but 504hp & 550 pound-feet of torque from a supercharged 5.7 V8, doesn't seem like much nowadays.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @montoym the website restricts you based on availability in your zip code so depending on where you live it can be pretty tough to get a regular cab short bed with the 5.7L. Try looking online at actual sales listings and you should be able to find one pretty easy.
        Here's one on ebay brand new with the 5.7L for under 27K: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290484184777
        It's even cheaper if you get the 4x2 instead of that 4x4, and that one is optioned up with both the SR5 and the pricey TRD Off-Road package. They're not super easy to find since a 4x2 RCSB isn't exactly the most practical truck but if you can find one it can be had for even cheaper than the linked vehicle since you're getting it without the 4WD or TRD Off-Road. Slap on another 5K for the supercharger and you're right at about 30K.
        The website configurator is pretty limiting though-if you play around with the zip codes you'll see that availability of various combinations varies a *LOT* but if you know what you want it's pretty easy to shop online for a truck that matches and it's definitely not 40K.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BTW they're putting about $6K total on the hood of all the remaining 2010's so you can even get a double cab with the 5.7L and throw in the supercharger while still being in the low 30's. It is kinda tough to find remaining 2010's that are regular cabs with the 5.7L and 4x2 instead of 4x4 but if you can hunt one down they go for about $25K. And parts like the supercharger can be bargained on too so it's not too hard to get it out the door with the supercharger for 30K. The only thing is that you can't finance the supercharger at most dealerships so you have to have a little more cash up front than with a regular purchase.
        Anyways you can't really buy much else with 500+HP for 30K or the low 30's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually I think the power output is rather impressive considering this IS a truck and its from TOYOTA lol. Toyota engine power outputs have normally been lower than the competition. If you compare the engine power outputs of this Tacoma to a Corvette ZR1 V8 supercharged engine, it definitely makes sense that this Tacoma makes a considerable amount of power. The Corvette engine puts out 648 HP and 604 FT-LBS, but we have to remember the Corvette engine has 0.5 L (even such little displacement makes a big difference!) more displacement and is a full-fledged race car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Still 124hp over stock. Not bad. The supercharger for the stock 4.0 in the Tacoma only nets you 68hp.

        I'd love to just have the stock 5.7L in my 09 Tacoma. I won't be greedy and ask for the supercharger too haha.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's pretty sad that the only vehicle made by Toyota that would be fun to drive is a Tacoma.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only runs 12.01 ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        only? that only few seconds more than a zr1 or gtr...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was not fully tuned/calibrated yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RTR TRD FTW
      • 4 Years Ago
      The looks alone make it worth buying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      excellent. now nissan can do something with the frontier, maybe drop in in the VK...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool engine, awful front design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      TRD FTW !


      Toyota has so much performance but yet people call them boring.. sometihng I will never understand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the engine but still hate the look of the Tacoma
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just threw up in my mouth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like a bee those lights : ))))))) Bzzzzzzzzzz Bzzzzzz
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