Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video]

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Scion , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon Gazoo Racing has teased a new take on the Toyota GT86 (our Scion FR-S ) that it is bringing to next week’s Tokyo Auto Salon . Having only posted a picture of the coupe’s rear wing and backlight on its Facebook page, we have no idea what the rest of the concept will offer. If last year’s introduction is any guide, there should be plenty more bodykit and power to go along with that wing. Speaking of last year’s concept, Gazoo has released some new track footage of its twin-charged GRMN Sports FR Platinum Concept from last year’s Salon. It will return to this year’s show alongside the new car, and you can watch it drift deliciously in the new video below . Continue reading Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video] Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota bids farewell to FJ Cruiser with Ultimate Edition at SEMA

Toyota bids farewell to FJ Cruiser with Ultimate Edition at SEMA

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , SEMA Show , SUV , Toyota , Design/Style , Off-Road Happy trails, to you… As we reported back in August, the FJ Cruiser is headed to the great automotive graveyard in the sky, and Toyota is offering a fitting eulogy in the form of the 2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, which was just unveiled here at the 2013 SEMA Show . Unlike many special edition models, the Ultimate FJ Cruiser earns its name with a host of parts from Toyota Racing Development, starting with TRD Bilstein race shocks that Toyota says improve damping, articulation and high-speed stability. The front shocks measure 66 millimeters and feature TRD race coil springs, with geometry that improves the approach angle; the 50mm rear units are equipped with remote reservoirs to diminish damping fade. A new one-quarter-inch thick aluminum TRD front skid plate offers protection for the underbody bits, and the outfit is completed with a BF Goodrich A/T KO tires on 16-inch bead lock wheels, rock rails and a roof rack. Check out the high-res image gallery above and the press release below for all the rest of the details. Continue reading Toyota bids farewell to FJ Cruiser with Ultimate Edition at SEMA Toyota bids farewell to FJ Cruiser with Ultimate Edition at SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota CamRally is vanilla spiced

Toyota CamRally is vanilla spiced

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SEMA Show , Sedan , Performance , Toyota , Racing We weren’t quite sure it was possible, but NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman and the other folks behind this Toyota Dream Build Challenge vehicle (check out the other cars in the challenge ) have made the Camry , a versatile but vanilla family sedan, into a performance car to be reckoned with. And by stripping it (literally) of its versatility and injecting some spice into it, this rally-spec Camry does indeed appeal to the enthusiast crowd. The appeal starts with the CamRally’s vintage Toyota racing colors of red, orange and yellow painted on a widened body. Those wide fender flares and rocker panels, paired with the revised front and rear fascias (and massive rear spoiler), lend the car an aggressive look without being tacky, and enhance the aerodynamics. But peel back the skin and you’ll find plenty of performance upgrades to back up the looks. While Toyota doesn’t say how much horsepower it makes, the CamRally’s V6 is turbocharged, and we assume the car’s brake upgrade is indicative of the engine’s increased output. The stripped interior only contains what’s needed for rally racing, including bucket seats, a motorsport steering wheel covered in Alcantara, a carbon-fiber dashboard and a roll cage. At 10:00 AM PST, the winner of the Toyota Dream Build Challenge was announced, and while the CamRally didn’t take top honor (the Let’s Go Moto Tundra received the most votes), it’s still a winner in our book. Head on over to the photo gallery to see the coolest Camry around. Toyota CamRally is vanilla spiced originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:00:00 EST.

Toyota Supra ready for its retrospective video closeup

Toyota Supra ready for its retrospective video closeup

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Classics , Coupe , Performance , Videos , Toyota Our friends at XCAR have taken the time to train their lenses on the iconic Toyota Supra . With Toyota finally back into the performance car game, it seems only logical to remember one of the brand’s most legendary sports cars. While we’re all busy ladling praise onto the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins, it’s important to remember that Toyota used to produce all manner of fun-to-drive machinery. The Supra once sat at the top of that list, its most recent iteration giving buyers the option of a ludicrous forced-induction inline six, gorgeous styling and plenty of presence. Of course, the legend didn’t stop once the Supra fell off American order sheets in 1998. Always an aftermarket darling, the Supra has gone on to become a tuner favorite in nearly every corner of grassroots motorsport. From drag racing to road racing and everywhere in between, the Supra is remains a force to be reckoned with nearly 15 years after it last prowled the US auto market. You can catch the tribute from XCAR below . Continue reading Toyota Supra ready for its retrospective video closeup Toyota Supra ready for its retrospective video closeup originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 May 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Shows three tuner Avalons in Sin City

Toyota Shows three tuner Avalons in Sin City

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , SEMA Show , Sedan , Toyota , Luxury Who knew the Toyota Avalon could be so… sporty? SEMA isn’t just about tuning no-brainers like the Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S , it’s about showing what’s possible for a wide variety of cars, even seemingly geriatric machines like the big Avalon. But remember, Toyota is seriously considering a sportier version of its Avalon flagship – we first brought you this news earlier in the year. And while these SEMA concepts aren’t intended for production, nobody is ruling out that something very similar might make it to showrooms in the near future. The stealth Avalon you see above is the DUB Edition, rolling on 22-inch matte black wheels and featuring a completely de-chromed exterior with blacked-out elements. The DUB Avalon doesn’t offer any tweaks to the 3.5-liter V6, but behind that tinted glass is a totally black interior with suede accents on the seats and many of the touchable surfaces. Moving on, Toyota has brought a TRD Edition Avalon that uses plenty of parts from the company’s in-house tuning catalog, and showing that even hybrids can be sporty, the Avalon HV gets a meaner, sleeker look. Have a look at all three in the attached galleries. Toyota Shows three tuner Avalons in Sin City originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:20:00 EST.

Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead

Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead

October 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SEMA Show , SUV , Toyota , Specialty , Racing For those who love to go as fast as possible in as straight a line as possible, but have a wife, two kids and family pet, Toyota has built the DragQuoia just for you. Well, except for the family pet part. With four seats (plus racing harnesses, naturally), a 650-horsepower TRD supercharged V8 engine and 21.5-inch racing slicks, this drag-racing Sequoia thing can reportedly cover the quarter mile in as little as nine seconds. It’s so absurd that it’s glorious. In addition to the racing harnesses, there’s a full roll cage and a parachute to bring things back down from speed. Safety first, family man. Read more about the DragQuoia in the press release below and enjoy our live photo gallery above. Continue reading Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

ICON FJ-44 checks in to Jay Leno’s Garage

ICON FJ-44 checks in to Jay Leno’s Garage

October 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Classics , Performance , SUV , Videos , Toyota , Celebrities , Off-Road Jay Leno is a big fan of ICON machinery. The comic and TV personality has already featured vehicles like the ICON Bronco and Derelict DeSoto on separate episodes, and now owner Jonathan Ward has stopped by the Big Dog Garage to show off the company’s latest creation: The FJ-44. Unlike the company’s other efforts, the FJ-44 isn’t based on any historical model. Instead, ICON engineered the four-door aluminum bodywork and has it manufactured by a separate supplier. The company’s workers powdercoat the body for a little extra durability and plop an LS-series General Motors V8 under the hood with up to 420 horsepower. If you want one, get ready to shell out $160,000 for the privilege. If we had the cash, we’d have one in the garage in a heartbeat. Leno seems impressed both by the craftsmanship and the vehicle’s on-road manners, though the clip below doesn’t venture off road. We imagine this creation would do just fine no matter where you pointed the nose. Check it out for yourself.

TMG emerging as Toyota’s version of AMG?

TMG emerging as Toyota’s version of AMG?

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Sedan , Performance , Europe , Japan , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury Toyota is getting serious about building performance versions of its current models. The manufacturer hopes to turn Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the crew behind the Toyota Le Mans effort and the automaker’s now defunct Formula One team, into a factory-backed tuner. TMG currently handles almost everything motorsport related for Toyota with the exception of engine building, and the group is currently hard at work on what could develop into a World Rally Championship entry in the near future. TMG is shooting for a WRC debut in 2014 with a turbocharged 1.6-liter Yaris , and buyers will be able to purchase an FIA version of the model for around €25,000. According to Yoshiaki Kinoshita, president of TMG, the organization will also prepare high-performance versions of Lexus vehicles. That helps explain the Lexus LS460 TMG Edition our photographers spotted at the N

Toyota conquers Antarctic in jet-fueled Hilux pickups

Toyota conquers Antarctic in jet-fueled Hilux pickups

April 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Truck , Etc. , Toyota , Specialty , Diesel , Off-Road Toyota has just wrapped up another impressive Antarctic expedition, this time traversing over 43,500 miles in the span of four months. In the process, the company says it snagged a new world record with three specially-prepared Hilux pickup trucks with each covering 5,903 miles of the frozen continent. Iceland-based Arctic Trucks handled converting the pickups for their stint in the cold, and while the alterations included creating at least two 6×6 versions, the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engines had to be reworked to consume Jet A-1 fuel. In the low temperatures of the Antarctic, standard diesel would simply turn to jelly. The trucks were also outfitted with large tires running just 2-3 psi of air pressure, resulting in a contact patch around 17 times larger than a standard tire. Toyota reports the trucks ran incredibly well throughout the expedition and required no major repairs. Starting last November, Toyota sent a team of 10 Hilux trucks to the far south to establish fuel depots, a weather station and to support scientific expeditions along the way. Hit the jump for the full press release. Continue reading Toyota conquers Antarctic in jet-fueled Hilux pickups Toyota conquers Antarctic in jet-fueled Hilux pickups originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:31:00 EST.

Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing

Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing

March 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Hatchback , Lexus , Toyota , Racing Cash-strapped enthusiasts may not have had much to get all sticky over from Camp Toyota in recent years, but the automaker’s new GT 86 / Scion FR-S coupe promises to mine a rich paystreak of driving enjoyment. And while we’re big (okay, huge) fans of the car’s low-speed dynamic thrills, not every enthusiast is so forgiving of its rather middling power and acceleration figures. We knew it wouldn’t take long for the aftermarket to remedy this perceived power deficit with things like forced induction and ECU reflashes, but we foolishly expected a full engine swap to take a bit longer than it apparently has. What you’re looking at here is Manabu “Max” Orido’s Toyota GT 86 prepped for drifting in D1 Grand Prix events. In this case, that means the two-door has been gutted and stuffed with the 5.0-liter V8 from the Lexus IS F , one of Toyota’s more emotive offerings thanks to its honkin’ great eight. Orido’s GT 86 is shown here undergoing shakedown testing, and from the looks of things, the transplant appears to be going rather swimmingly. At first glance, we even dig the more aggressive widebody look, lack of paint and all. Check it out for yourself below , and be sure to have your speakers on. Continue reading Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing Well That Didn’t Take Long: V8-powered Toyota GT 86 drift car undergoes testing originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:56:00 EST.

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