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Hot on the heels of special-edition truck releases from Ford and Dodge, Toyota announced two new Toyota Racing Development packages for the 2009 Toyota Tundra. The TRD Rock Warrior and the TRD Sport Edition will give Tundra buyers fresh options tailored to more specific interests.
The TRD Rock Warrior will be geared toward off-roaders and gets some suspension modifications along with a wealth of special trim. The Rock Warrior package will only be available on V-8 Tundra 4x4s with either the Crew Cab or Double Cab and will feature a tuned suspension, Bilstein shocks and TRD forged alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tires. On the outside, it features a body-color front bumper and grille surround, a matte-black rear bumper, fog lamps, TRD Rock Warrior graphics on the side and will only be available in Black or Super White. Inside, the interior has been redone in black cloth and features a custom shift knob and pedal covers.
The TRD Sport Edition, on the other hand, will be made for the on-roaders who prefer custom street trucks. The Sport Edition will only come on V-8 Tundra 4x2s and is strictly a cosmetic enhancement package. The Sport Edition features body-colored front and rear bumpers, grille surround, door handles, heated side mirrors, and fog lamps. The TRD Sport Edition also features special side graphics and 20-in. five-spoke alloy wheels and will only come in Black or Radiant Red. Inside, the Sport Edition will be the same as the Rock Warrior, with a black cloth interior, custom shift knob and pedals covers.
No pricing has been released yet for the new packages, but Toyota says that information will be released some time between now and the 2009 Tundra's official launch in November.
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It comes only as an automatic and loses nothing because of it.
It looks distinctive, yet not overblown.
It is tastefully executed and the five bold colours in the palette suit the nature of this vehicle.
Side-steps are standard and needed to make a graceful entry or exit.
Once inside, the seats are as comfortable as any Toyota, though the same can be said of the ambience.
But then the right foot kicks it in.
The Eaton supercharger cranks in immediately, so from idle this thing starts whistling and whining and moving.
Acceleration feels more leisurely than the 7.2-second sprint time, mainly because the engine will run only past 5000 revs before telling the auto box to up-shift.
Despite the extra 50kg — it's now 1850kg plus occupants, fuel and anything in the tray — it tracks positively through the corners.
Once you get used to that, the vehicle can be flung into bends with a flat stance that belies the Hilux's high centre of gravity.
Off the road, the TRD has all the four-wheel-drive competency of the regular HiLux.
The suppleness of the suspension hasn't been destroyed by TRD engineers, so it's as comfortable as a standard model over rocks. But, like the standard model with automatic transmission, there's precious little engine braking on downhill slopes.
Ground clearance is only a bit down on the standard model.
TRD lowered the body height but fitted bigger-diameter tyres, so this one's as good in the dirt as the SR5.
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TRD/Toyota Technocraft JZA-80
Toyota 3S-GT turbocharged 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder
Dry sump lubrication, custom pistons, custom connecting
rods, twin fuel-pressure regulators, twin 50-litre fuel cells,
custom turbocharger, 43mm intake restrictor, flat-mounted
Denso air-to-air intercooler, V-mount Denso radiator, twin fuel
Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox, solid-mounted diff,
rear-wheel drive SUSPENSION AND BRAKES Tubular chassis (incorporating roll cage), tubbed front-end, seam-welded chassis, double wishbone layout, inboard coilover struts (with remote reservoir dampers), solidmount billet alloy rear cradle, KY B steering rack, in-cabin adjustable sway bars (front and rear), billet alloy front strut tower brace, AP six-piston calipers with liquid cooling, multi-piece AP or A lcon slotted and ventilated rotors (front), AP four-piston callipers with liquid cooling, multi-piece AP or Alcon slotted and ventilated rotors (rear), Tilton adjustable bias
19x13-inch forged racing wheels (front), 18x13-inch (rear), Michelin 31/71 full-face slick
Recaro single-piece bucket seat (driver), Bride singlepiece bucket seat (passenger), Takata driver harnesses, Sabelt passenger harnesses, custom dash, tilt steering wheel, Tilton carbon fibre pedal box, carbon fibre firewall between cabin and hatch
Custom carbon Kevlar widebody aero kit, custom carbon fibre flat-floor undertray and diffuser, tinted lexan windows, carbon headlight buckets, TRD HID kit
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