Toyota was very aggressive at this year’s show. In addition to the multitude of FJ Cruisers found throughout the show, Toyota had a handful of unique vehicles on display in their booth. With aching feet from the previous days’ jaunts, we spent much of the day on Friday in Toyota’s booth learning more about these special vehicles. The coolest Toyota, and yet, disturbing at the same time, was this Rat Rod FJ45. You either love it or hate it...or both.
This lowered 2008 Tundra had a 5.7L V8 shoehorned under the hood and is intended to compete with the Ford Lightnings and Dodge SRT-10s on the road.
The new Tundra is big, as you can see by this Access Cab outfitted with a 6” Pro Comp suspension lift and 37” tires. We dig the yellow and red stripes that remind us of an old-school Ivan Stewart race truck.
H2 killer? Toyota was tight lipped about a production SUT based off of their popular FJ Cruiser, but this vehicle looked production quality to us. The FJ45-esque embossed tailgate was a nice touch too.
Our favorite vehicle of the show… and it wasn’t even 4WD! Richard Graves built a rat rod out of a Brazilian FJ45 in just 90 days. It had an 800 horsepower NASCAR spec V8 thumping under the heavily massaged body.
Oh what a feeling!
The sweet Tacoma used an Access Cab combined with a Quad Cab bed on a shortened frame for improved maneuverability on the trail. A 4.7L iForce V8 and satin green paint were other drool worthy additions to the Tacoma.
Outside the convention center, the FJ Trail Team was shooting photos of visitors, handing out t-shirts and literature, and providing rides on the simulated obstacle course assembled in the parking lot.
Ever seen a turbocharged hybrid before? Toyota wanted to change the perception of hybrids, so they built a turbocharged Highlander that makes more than 300 horsepower and still gets 30+ miles per gallon.