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Ready To Race: 2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR

Published July 7, 2012

I was fortunate enough to get to test drive the 2011 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR at the speedway for a couple laps last week. My eyes were immediately attached to its looks; it’s nothing like any other truck I’ve drove before. This is an actual racing car that Toyota turned into a mid-sized pickup truck. The body was mostly untouched compared to the regular X-Runner truck, but the paint job is as creative as I’ve seen Toyota get. Taking a page from their old school race cars, the RTR is unique combination of pure power and NASCAR-styled looks.

Performance wise, I was honestly surprised. For such a heavy vehicle, though light compared to other similar trucks, it freaking flies. The powerful 5.7 liter V8 engine pushes over 500 HP and 550 lb-ft of Torque, with acceleration honestly similar to a Ford Mustang. It’s equipped with a six speed gearbox as you would normally expect from a racetrack machine. Toyota just dropped the engine featured in the Tundra, their full size base truck right onto the RTR. They also added a great intake kit and a new supercharger into the truck to improve its performance on the track.

Toyota Tacoma X-Runner RTR is made light weight to improve its overall performance. That was the entire goal of the RTR. This means that it ain’t going to be your every day driver, as it includes an audio unit, speakers, air conditioning system, and most basic features you would expect in a car nowadays. Even though it basically is an extended cab truck, the rear seats were also removed to further decrease the weight.  If it’s not essential to the car moving, it’s not included!

Now think of how fast you think this car will go, with all its racing additions made to it? Well, this baby was able to reach 0-60 in less than 4 seconds! Toyota specifically advertises the exact time as 3.76 seconds, an extraordinary speed for a PICK UP TRUCK! The rear tires are 10 inches and front tires 4 inch wide. Again, when it comes to the engine the addition of TRD supercharger kit has enabled the pickup truck to upgrade to a different level of efficiency. Its legendary design makes it one of the best pickup racing trucks that got a lighter chassis and strong engine. The magnetism of the engine sound is extraordinary.

Smooth front seats and the Tundra like control panel deserves appreciation. We can feel the pulse once the feet touch the accelerator. The automatic gear system is an asset for a refreshing drive. The absence of fog lamp contributes another point to the negative list along with the air conditioning system. The seats replicate the traditional Toyota styles of 1980’s.

The Safety measures are incredible like all Toyota machines, and they were in no way affected by the weight decreases made. The quality of the braking system is same as the Tundra mode.ABS, automatic vehicle balancing system and traction management adds color to its efficiency.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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