an element of torture at the SEMA Show. Take the X-Runner concept from
Toyota Racing Development. It was built to “explore the boundries
of sport truck power and performance” but we all know such a vehicle
unlikely to hit the dealers’ showroom anytime soon. It appears production-capable,
and we hope it could run down the assembly line in a similar configuration.
But we know it’s there to inspire and hopefully sell more TRD parts
to X-runner owners. But this concept is certainly one of the most impressive
pickup trucks at the show.
Power is listed at
400 ponies with the addition of a TRD supercharger and intercooler to
the 4.0-liter V6 engine. The engine has also been modified with new pistons,
connecting rods and camshaft. It’s mated to a Tacoma 6-speed via
a special Kaiten billet steel flywheel that’s 30-percent lighter
and heavy-duty ceramic-metallic Aisin clutch. The exhaust is from DC Sports.
Even though a stock
X-Runner has excellent handling skills, TRD added a little more prowess
with an even lower ride height, TRD 355mm brake package, underbody aerodynamic
components, brake cooling ducts and TRD/HRE alloy wheels wrapped with
Pirelli P Zero Scorpion tires.
is a little more aggressive with styled bumper/front fascia/grille, integrated
side exhaust and color-keyed tonneau with integral rear spoiler. Inside
there are Recaro seats, 4-point rollbar and impressive Alpine 5.1 Multi-Media
audio system. The rear jump seats have been replaced with a custom cargo
compartment that houses some of the sound system components.