Filed under: Truck , Toyota , Off-Road , Quick Spins Introduced at the end of 2006, this is the last year for the Toyota FJ Cruiser , the reincarnated FJ40-series Land Cruiser that will shortly journey to Takama-ga-hara , the Plain of High Heaven. In its first model year, we drove it to SEMA and found it, shall we say, coarse. It bobbled on the freeway and droned in the cabin, its boxy interior providing four bounce-boards for unpleasant frequencies. Tall mirrors helped one work around the eclipse of vision aft of the B-pillars, but navigating traffic required forethought and technique. Its turning circle was measured in kilometers. For the first two years of its life, it needed premium gas. It may have been fun to look at, but we couldn’t wait to get out of it. That’s not the case anymore, and now the FJ Cruiser is poised to join a long list of vehicles that got better and better, then got axed. Driving Notes The current FJ is rugged, and surprisingly it’s not really all that coarse dynamically. We drove into the California desert, spent nearly a week playing around off-road, drove it back and then did a lazy Sunday drive to Santa Barbara, all in amiable comfort.
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
Filed under: Motorsports , Videos , Toyota , Racing Two weeks ago, Audi released its short video about this years 24 Hours of Le Mans , and now Toyota has put the experience into its own words and pictures. Called The Ultimate Endurance Race , the clip and accompanying press release focus on how hybrid power helped Toyota claim second and fourth places with the TS030 Hybrid in just its second year competing at Le Mans. There are some brief scenes of the battles had this year, like when Lucas di Grassi in the Toyota almost kissed Allan McNish in the Audi above, but the best part might be when Toyota promises it will be back. Next year, it’s gonna be good. You’ll find the relevant words and the images just below . Continue reading Toyota releases its Le Mans recap, ‘The Ultimate Endurance Race’ Toyota releases its Le Mans recap, ‘The Ultimate Endurance Race’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: SUV , Truck , Ford , Jeep , Nissan , Toyota , Off-Road , Ram Nearly every automaker doing business in the SUV or pickup truck segments offers a package designed to improve the off-road capabilities of its wares. But, of course, not all such factory kits are created equal. How, then, to separate the wheat from the chaff? Gather each of them up and put them through their paces, naturally. The folks from Four Wheeler and PickupTrucks.com joined forces to run just such a comparison test, with the winner named the Ultimate Factory 4×4. A total of seven vehicles showed up to the fight: the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor , 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon , 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X and Xterra PRO-4X , 2012 Ram Power Wagon , and 2012 Toyota 4Runner Trail and Tacoma TRD T|X Baja Series . With the contestants in place, the whole crew put each vehicle through a battery of tests that included skidpad and acceleration measurements, a hillclimb, a rocky stairstep course and a rock garden. Considering the nature of the beasts, on-road ride and comfort were not part of the routine. So, which four-wheeler ended up on top? Click here to read the results, and don’t act like you’re surprised by the victor.
Toyota, DC Shoes and West Coast Customs have teamed up to create the Ultimate Motocross Truck, which will make its debut at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Filed under: Aftermarket , Videos , Toyota A sleeper is any vehicle that appears to be slow, but is hiding an evil secret in its engine bay. Sleepers are scintillating machines that prove time and skill (and money) can turn a garden variety family sedan or station wagon into a street rocket ready to tackle those with far more cash to burn. Take this Toyota Camry, for example – it just received a new lease on life courtesy of Canadian tuner Dynamotorsports. Under the hood sits a 3.0-liter V6 engine fitted with custom intake and exhaust manifolds, a big ol’ HKS turbo and a whole lot of boost. The end result: a Camry that puts down 728 horsepower – at the wheels . We imagine that mashing the gas results in a display of torque steer that would make Hercules weep as his arms thrash from side to side. Still, this is one Camry we would love to spend some time with, if only for a good laugh. Click past the jump to watch it attack a dyno. Continue reading 728-hp Toyota Camry is the ultimate sleeper 728-hp Toyota Camry is the ultimate sleeper originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .