Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged — First Drive Review — Car and Driver

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Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged

insanity: Toyota takes a from hybrids and turns an Tundra into a tire-melting, menace to society.


We#x2019;re not sure who up the whole muscle-truck idea, but not a terribly sensible one. By measures, pickups are rather for speedy travel, with lousy aerodynamics, high of gravity, nose-heavy weight and working-class suspensions. Adding of power doesn#x2019;t turn into sports cars, marvelously brawny statements of masculinity (or perhaps compensation for thereof).

That, of course, stop Ford from out a few thousand 360- and 380-hp SVT F-150 Lightnings from until 2002. Nor did it deter from cramming a 500-hp V-10 into its 2004#x2013;06 Ram Brazen as they were, were also far more and less practical than pickups, with tap-dancing rears that gave high-drama handling, especially in weather. Still, as with (or anyone) so obnoxious, there is a appeal, so we sorta miss screwy behemoths now that gone.

We#x2019;ve Been Tundra-Struck

We intrigued when Toyota us some seat time in a standard-cab Tundra that had given a thorough in-house makeover using widely and warranty-compliant TRD parts. The top-billed mod was a supercharger taking the truck#x2019;s stout 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 the power stratosphere with 504 ponies and 550 lb-ft of torque. How do you say in Japanese? Calling it the #x201C;TundraStruck#x201D; perhaps be more fitting.

The truck started out as an unassuming red SR5 press vehicle. From TRD added not only the supercharger but also a dual-exhaust system and a #x201C;big-brake kit#x201D; with cross-drilled front rotors and calipers ($2795). The rest of the came courtesy of performance-tuned and rear shocks, revised coil and rear leaf and a new rear anti-roll bar ($1464), forged and polished 22-inch TRD wrapped in massive 285/35 rubber ($4699). In total, the wound up lowered by 2.0 inches up and 2.5 inches in the back, imparting much-needed bad-assitude to the Tundra.

#x201C;Like Driving a Ballistic

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Now, we at Car and Driver are generally to the notion that there are no things as too many ponies or too twist. Of course, one must the traction to harness them. to launch an unladen, rear-drive with the power of a thousand was, to put it mildly, difficult. The traction-control light was on more than it was off no matter where we freeway, Sunset Boulevard, our room. #x201C;It#x2019;s like always on snow,#x201D; said C/D editor Aaron Robinson.

But we had fun trying. Dusty conditions at an testing location precluded us getting trustworthy test but we feel pretty confident this truck would 0 to 60 in about 4.7 seconds and conquer a in 13.5 seconds. As with the and the SRT10, the sensation of such a big charging forward so dramatically is Robinson described it best: like driving a ballistic

Accurately controlling the truck was as difficult as putting its power The gas pedal offered little which meant that in the road inadvertently turned highly dramatic unintended-acceleration Although it had good on-center the unmodified steering system nothing once the wheel was The ride, on the other hand, nearly as awful as we had expected, the paper-thin tires, stiffer and lower ride height. the TRD suspension upgrades offered body control during transitions over the stock

An Idea as Stupid as It#x2019;s Been

Still, what abundantly clear is that up a pickup truck to supercar levels remains an exercise in excess, not to mention a recipe for more dismal fuel And we think the TRD supercharger might better under the hood of equally massive Sequoia a vehicle with more on the back end and thus, we surmise, able to make use of the extra of go power. Of course, that would be stupid#x2014;and stupid

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