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If you’ve ever attended the SEMA show, then you’re probably no doubt aware of the sizable number of customized trucks parked out in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the week long aftermarket extravaganza.
This year, among them will be a very special Toyota Tacoma – the X-Runner RTR. In what perhaps represents a modern take on the original muscle truck concept, stuffing a big engine in a smaller vehicle, the RTR (which stands for Ready To Race); features an iForce 5.7-liter V8 dropped between the frame rails of a current Tacoma. Rated at 381 horsepower (the same as in the production Tundra) it should be able to move this rig from 0-60 mph in around six seconds, though Toyota is quick to point out, that save for a modified exhaust system to clear the Tacoma’s frame, the engine is essentially stock. As per SEMA tradition, however, expect the outside and interior to be fitted with plenty of TRD accessories (a 2008 X-Runner concept is shown in the photos, since images of the new truck were not available at post time).
This year’s SEMA trade expo, runs from November 2-5 and as it stands, the Tacoma X-Runner RTR will likely be a star among truck enthusiasts attending the event. All we’ve got say when it comes to the muscle truck concept is – Ford and GM, are you listening?
AutoGuide will bring you full SEMA Coverage starting November 2nd.
[Source: Pickup trucks.com]
Given all the hoopla surrounding Toyota and its publicized recalls, it probably isn’t surprising that many products, including the Tacoma are essentially marking time. But in an effort to standardize quality and production processes, Toyota has moved Tacoma production to the same Texas plant that builds the Tundra.
The above picture shows a pilot batch of new 2011 Tacomas undergoing final checks at TMMTI (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.) – production versions began rolling off the line last week and will shortly be shipping to dealers. The only noticeable change is a simpler grille pattern with a single, center mounted bar, as opposed to the twin bar design found on 2010 models. The design is a carry-over from the new 2010 4Runner. A flexible manufacturing process at the Texas plant now allows both Tacomas and Tundras to roll down the line back to back if necessary in response to consumer demand.
And with the demise of the Ford Ranger and the GMC twins, the Tacoma and Nissan Frontier will be the only remaining true pickups on the market not classed as full-size trucks, giving them a chance to acquire more customers in the segment. However as much as the Tacoma has received acclaim for its engineering features and capability, it’s relatively high price continues to be sore point among a segment of truck buyers.