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Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

At this point, SEMA is so close we can almost smell the tire shine. Toyota has rolled out a gaggle of official photos and information on the company's mighty Tacoma RTR Concept, saying it wanted to build the quarter-mile king to demonstrate what exactly is possible with off-the-shelf parts. For those that don't recall, the company's engineers managed to snug a supercharged 5.7-liter V8 borrowed from the Tundra into the engine bay. The final concoction is good for 504 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, and it all gets funneled to the rear axle via a six-speed automatic gearbox.

While we're on the subject of the rear axle, Toyota says the piece is a narrowed version of what's found in the stock Tundra, though a TRD limited-slip has been plopped in to get both wheels pulling from get go. The whole concoction should be good for quarter mile passes in the 11-second range. Hit the jump for the full details.

  • Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept burnout
  • Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept front
  • Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept front 3/4
  • Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept rear
  • Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept engine
  • Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept interior
  • Toyota Tacoma RTR Concept at the strip

[Source: Toyota]

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Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR (Ready to Race)

The Tacoma X-Runner RTR (Ready to Race) project pickup truck, which will make its public debut at the 2010 SEMA Show, is an exercise in demonstrating Toyota's engineering prowess by creating an in-house, high performance vehicle through the utilization of Toyota parts. As a result, the Tacoma RTR is a "parts bin" build with all but a few components currently available on Toyota products (traction bars and drive-line shaft are the only two non-Toyota parts).

The Tacoma X-Runner RTR achieves its performance credentials by dropping in a completely stock, current-generation Tundra 5.7-liter V8 engine into the unmodified engine bay along with a six-speed automatic transmission. A Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Supercharger Kit was added, bringing the SAE certified power stats to 504 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque. The truck runs on premium gas rather than race fuel.

A stock Tundra rear axle, with a 4.3 ratio and 10.5-inch ring gear, was narrowed a total of 5.7 inches to Tacoma rear-track width). A TRD prototype mechanical limited slip differential, designed by Eaton, was added to maximize traction. The truck rides on current generation Tacoma 15-inch styled steel wheels that were modified to 10-inches wide in the rear and wrapped by 30x11.5x15-inch Goodyear Eagle Dragway Specials. The front wheels are 4.5-inches wide and mounted to 28x4.5x15-inch Goodyear Eagle Front Runners.

The Tacoma X-Runner RTR was lowered approximately 4.5 inches from stock X-Runner height, and a custom exhaust system was fabricated to include two TRD perforated-chamber mufflers with a 3.5-inch pipe. The only body modification to the X-Runner RTR was the relocation of the exhaust outlet from behind the passenger-side rear wheel to underneath the cab to help maximize rear-suspension compression, which is common in hard launches. The brakes were left untouched from the stock Tacoma X-Runner braking system, and vehicle traction aids are still functional, including ABS, Vehicle Stability Control and traction control.

The exterior body panels of the Tacoma X-Runner remain untouched. A silver and red paint scheme applied by Five-Axis was inspired by classic low cost but ready-to-race sports cars, including the late 1960s Dan Gurney Cougar XR7-G. The number "95" on the doors signifies the first model year the Tacoma nameplate was sold in the U.S. The Tundra i-Force engine badge was painted on the front fenders to signify the upgraded power plant and is in the same location it would be found on the current Tundra. In classic hot rod style, the hood is adorned with "504 HP" graphics signifying the SAE verified horsepower. Also on the hood, and unique to this build, is a TRD Supercharger graphic featuring a tornado, signifying the forced induction. The side rocker panels feature the X-Runner logo.

Inside, all non-essential equipment was removed to make the vehicle as light as possible, including the audio head unit, speakers, air conditioner, power windows, front fog lamps, windshield water bottle, and rear seats. The stock front seats remain but are covered with classic Toyota fabric trim found on 1980s era vehicles. Added interior features include a custom TRD steering wheel, Tundra stock accelerator and brake pedals, and a stock Tundra gated shifter with sport shift mode. A TRD designed removable roll bar was also installed.

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Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR Features

• Stock Tundra i-Force 5.7-liter V8 engine with TRD Supercharger Kit – produces 504 HP and 550 lb.-ft of torque
• Tundra six-speed automatic transmission
• TRD mechanical limited slip differential
• Stock Tundra rear axle with a 4.3 ratio and 10.5-inch ring gear narrowed by 5.7 inches to Tacoma rear-track width
• Custom fabricated exhaust system including two TRD perforated chamber mufflers with 3.5-inch pipe
• Vehicle lowered 4.5-inches
• 10-inch wide rear wheels on 30x11.5x15-inch Goodyear Eagle Dragway Specials
• 4.5-inch wide front wheels with 28x4.5x15-inch Goodyear Eagle Front Runners
• Stock Tacoma X-Runner braking system
• Stock body panels
• Stock seats with classic Toyota fabric trim
• TRD-designed removable roll bar
• Custom TRD steering wheel
• Tundra stock accelerator and brake pedals
• Stock Tundra gated shifter with sport shift mode
• Five Axis Classic Silver and Red paint scheme with Toyota branded livery
• TRD Supercharger Tornado body graphic

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I just took delivery of a ford raptor..... this thing is a BEAST ! ! !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow that thing is sick!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Or Toyota's just used to warrantying that same powertrain in the Tundra. It's really more about making a ton of power reliably than plain making a ton of power. And a 11 second trucks is nothing to sneeze at anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously TRD staff - step outside the office and buy a ticket to the drags once in a while.
      Is there an "off the shelf" kit to swap the 5.7 into a Taco?

      This needed to be a body in white with some decent aluminum wheels.
      Plastic body kits were so 2000...
        • 4 Years Ago
        att : Joe - seriously fella, maybe you should go to the drags once in awhile and actually see TRD racing. Your comment is nothing more then one of shear and utter ignorance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shane - Are you employed by the big T? ;)
        I submitted these comments under the assumption that Toyota/TRD's healthy motorsports history was a given among those that frequent this site. From the GT-One, the All-Trac Celicas, Pikes Peak vehicles, GT500 class Supras... etc...
        To say Toyota/TRD has an impressive motorsports resume would be a gross understatement!

        I was just stating that I would like to see this in a body-in-white version (much like the Mustang FR500S or Challenger Drag Pak) and I would imagine that to generate a little more interest among that specific crowd. I personally have recent exposure to both the sportsman/regional NHRA level of drag racing (where this taco would be racing...) and USAC sprint car & midget racing where Toyota has been a front runner for a couple years now, and I've been impressed with Toyota's efforts in these new markets.

        I'm curious how the V6/FWD Aurion is accepted amongst the typically dominant V8/RWD Falcons and Commodores etc... Last I heard (from autoblog I think...) the simple fact that it was V6/FWD kinda had "FAIL" written all over it for anyone that was really out for a performance sedan. It's a good looking car, don't get me wrong, this is what the Camry should be here in the US! To me though, any rig gets scratched when the front wheels are doing all the work. Game over, end of story regardless what badge it's wearing.

        And don't get me started on the Hilux, Ranger, or any of the Utes... You guys get the cool stuff that we'll never get here!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shane from Australia...
        Its a good thing you are on the other side of the globe, what with your V8 supercars and what not... (ie: I'm jealous! ;)

        TRD is a great organization, I applaud everything they've done in NHRA and open wheel ranks like USAC. In my opinion the days of gawdy body kits and NASCAR style stickers are over. I haven't been a fan on Toyota styling (US mkt) since the turn of the century.

        I will admit, I am ignorant when it comes to the TRD catalog for the US market. I'm fairly fluent in the Ford Racing Performance Parts and GM Performance (again US mkt) I'd be interested to see how the TRD lineup matches up
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man that thing is sick!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota- We can't make a car that's fun to drive, so we made a fast truck instead!
        • 4 Years Ago
        A fast truck is more then alot of other auto makers can say.

        Even when Toyota makes some fast and sporty like this... they still get shxt on about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and ford did away with ranger witch is the same size
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drag racing a Toyota truck? Are they serious?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ABSOLUTELY ... and i love it !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks awesome. I'm going to go spray my tire lettering yellow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOVE IT !

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