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three different "STAGES" that Ivan Stewart Signature Edition
Tundra buyers can choose from when purchasing a brand new Tundra from
participating Toyota dealers, depending on their budget.
1" adds wheels, tires, shocks, cat-back exhaust, custom Hurst shifter
(molded from Ivan’s actual grip), Signature
Series Badges and a dash plaque with unique serial number.
2 Pre-Run Package" includes all of the STAGE 1 components, plus STAGE
2 Badges, N-Fab light bar, four Hella 700FF lights, a billet aluminum
bed-rail system and polished aluminum alloy fuel door.
3 Performance Package" includes
all the STAGE 1 components, plus the STAGE 2 Pre-Run Package (optional),
TRD supercharger, TRD brake package, Hella high-performance headlights,
body-colored grille, STAGE 3 badges, black-out headlights, metal-finish
OEM grille and Katzkin Leather seats with embroidered logos.
3 truck could run a buyer up to $60,000, depending on the configuration
and MSRP of the Tundra they’ve purchased.
trying to create a sense of value that's greater
than the sum of its parts, like a Carrol Shelby (Mustang)," Stewart said.
"This is something that we think could grow in value over time. We're
going to limit the Signature Series to a maximum 500 trucks the first
year. All owners will receive a numbered plaque in their trucks and access
to an owner's registry online."
back to our road test.
inside a STAGE 3 truck, officially serial no. 00001. It's
Ivan, me, two other adult males and a full tank of fuel. That's
about 6,200-pounds of mass for the Tundra's 5.7-liter V-8 and Eaton-sourced
supercharger to move. In four runs on asphalt -- two in two-wheel drive
and two in four-wheel drive -- we average 0 to 60 in 6.5-seconds.
quite good for the passenger-loaded full-size Double Cab. The force of
acceleration is strong, pushing us back into our seats as full 8.5 PSI
boost is reached and the compressor wails.
in the day, it was just me and another journalist. We took turns
pushing the upgraded Tundra against the laws of physics, shutting its
traction control nanny off to let the truck run without throttle intervention.
Darting into corners, we’re able to drift the truck
like pros. The TRD compressor magnifies the pickup’s low-end torque,
causing the grippy all-terrain tires to lose grip way before the torque
reaches its peak 4,000 rpm. The big red truck's size doesn't
hint at the fine control gained from the TRD brakes and stiff Bilstein
gets our attention, though, was the Tundra's stability
control alarm going off in the cabin. The incessant beeping during every
drift is Toyota intrusioneering at its finest. The pre-production truck's
pilot tuning prevented us from being able to turn stability control
We did the
obligatory burnout in a parking lot, turning the Tundra's 504 ponies
into white smoke and burnt rubber while the supercharger whined and
Ivan grinned broadly. It only took 20 seconds or so to produce twin
tails of tire crumbs several feet behind the truck's rear wheels. We
also spent some time doing light off-roading with the truck on a dusty
"We didn't design the truck to jump, and it's not designed as a
race truck," Stewart said. "It's a starter truck that will
let you go where you can't get a speeding ticket, but it has to be driven
within its parameters."
high, we made several high-speed passes on the trail, getting a microscopic
taste of what Ivan has been doing his entire career.
says the STAGE 3 truck is two stages removed from a true desert-racing
Baja PreRunner, with a tubular space frame and long-travel reservoir
suspension. He's anxious to see how well his Signature Series pickups
sell, because he's already thinking about possibly creating a STAGE
4 long-travel, stock-based Tundra. A hard-core off-road pickup for enthusiasts
who grew up driving Ivan's trucks in videogames and still want
to be like him as adults. We're already saving our quarters.