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 sure had fun trying. Dusty at an impromptu testing location us from getting trustworthy numbers, but we feel pretty saying this truck accomplish 0 to 60 in about 4.7 seconds and a quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds. As the Lightning and the SRT10, the sensation of a big thing charging forward so is eerie. Robinson described it #x201C;It#x2019;s like driving a building.#x201D;

Accurately controlling the was sometimes as difficult as putting its down. The gas pedal offered resistance, which meant bumps in the road inadvertently into highly dramatic events. Although it had good feel, the unmodified steering communicated nothing once the was turned. The ride, on the other wasn#x2019;t nearly as awful as we had considering the paper-thin tires, dampers, and lower ride Indeed, the TRD suspension upgrades better body control power transitions over the truck.

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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