The Toyota Tacoma from the SEMA Show is the ultimate anti-Raptor
Toyota pickup models like the Tacoma or Tundra are undoubtedly the brand’s favorites come SEMA time each year.And with it, time to create a special concept for this occasion. In 2023, all eyes were certainly on the stunning Toyota FJ Bruiser with retro looks and a NASCAR engine, but it wasn’t the only model Toyota’s American division took to the big preparation event in Las Vegas.
So Based on the popular 2024 Tacoma, we have this from its bigger sibling, the Tundra, but this time it takes a more “street” approach with a lowered suspension, massive bumpers and rear-wheel drive..
421 horsepower to conquer the streets
Specifically, the Tacoma X-Runner concept offers a modified version of Toyota Tundra’s 3.4-liter V6 turbocharged engine is capable of generating 421 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque.That’s a good jump from the more powerful 330-hp Tacoma TRD Pro and not far behind the 443-hp Tundra TRD Pro hybrid. We also find the Tundra’s solid axle with a 4.30:1 final drive ratio and an electronic limited-slip differential that distributes torque between the rear wheels. The exhaust also looks different and is now located on the side of the car.
The suspension in this case is a pneumatic system that allows lowering the body height and at the same time provides sufficient comfort and ability to use this monster around the city and handle the rear load, equipping it with stiffer springs and 2.5-inch Bilstein shock absorbers. . In any case Toyota’s American division also took responsibility for strengthening the tire, widening its tracks and accompanying it with new Lacks Enterprises carbon fiber wheels with a 21-inch forged aluminum center. He wore 285/45R21 Michelin sport tires, in case they were not obvious on the road.
The icing on the cake for this product comes with a sporty finish The same Speedway Blue color worn by the original Tacoma X-Runner that debuted at the 2004 Chicago Auto ShowAccompanied by matte black areas and red trim for the hood and roof. Unfortunately, as a concept shown at SEMA, it’s not clear that we’ll ever see a production version like this, but it certainly wouldn’t be bad at all.
Antonio Ramos Ochoa, a specialist in the world of engines, competition and technology, is editor of Car and Driver magazine. It is said that before he got out of the car, he was already saying the name of the cars he saw on the street. A few years later, he is still here talking about one of his interests. He is a fan of motorsport, cinema, video games and history, and from time to time he even gets behind the wheel of a kart or a simulator.
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