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Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR Racing Truck: Hauling Takes On More Than One Meaning

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On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR Racing Truck: Hauling Takes On More Than One Meaning

Toyota’s Tacoma X Runner RTR is a “ready to race” concept  pick-up that will be featured at the 2010 SEMA Show. A high performance vehicle that sprang from a “parts bin build with all but a few components currently available for Toyota products,” according to a recent Automotive News article. The supercharged 5.7-liter V-8 engine is able to pull the RTR from 0-60 in just 3.76 seconds which is remarkable for what Toyota calls an un-calibrated drag truck "that just came out of TRD’s garage," according to Toyota Press Room.

The Tacoma X-Runner RTR achieves its performance with a stock, current-generation Tundra 5.7-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Supercharger Kit.  The engine has a whopping 504 horsepower and 550 lb.-ft. of torque and runs on premium gas rather than race fuel.

To maximize traction, a prototype TRD mechanical limited slip differential was added. The truck rides on 30x11.5x15 Goodyear Eagle Dragway specialty tires in the rear and 28x4.5x15 Goodyear Eagle Front Runners up front, mounted on 15-inch steel wheels which were widened to 10 inches across in the back, and 4.5-inches in front. Ride height has been dropped 4.5 inches from standard X-Runner height.

The only body modification is the relocation of the exhaust outlet to underneath the cab, to facilitate maximum rear-suspension compression during hard launches, and, to protect the two TRD perforated-chamber mufflers sprouting from a 3.5 inch exhaust pipe. Brakes and exterior body panels of the X-Runner are stock.

The red and silver paint scheme was inspired by classic sports cars such as the 1960’s Dan Gurney Cougar XR7-G. TRD Supercharger Tornado body graphics are included. The number 95 painted on the doors represents the first model year that the Tacoma was sold in the United States, side rocker panels exhibiting the X-Runner logo.

Toyota removed un-needed hardware from the cockpit to lighten up the vehicle, including air-conditioning, power windows, rear seats and audio system, and covered the front seats in vintage fabric featured in many 1980’s vehicles. The concept truck adds a custom TRD steering wheel, removable roll bar, and a gated shifter with sport shift mode.

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