Toyota powers up its Ford F-150 rival

Toyota is giving its Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 rival much more grunt.

A brand new TRD Efficiency Bundle for the Tundra, obtainable within the US from early 2024, will bump up outputs for each the usual 3.4-litre twin-turbo V6 and the i-Power Max 3.4-litre twin-turbo V6 hybrid.

With the usual engine, energy is boosted from 290kW at 5200rpm to 314kW.

Peak torque is unchanged at 649Nm, nevertheless it comes on sooner at 2000rpm. Toyota says this broadens the torque band and considerably improves energy supply at throttle tip in – higher pickup for the pickup, then.

i-Power Max fashions with the package deal get a bump in energy from 326kW to 350kW. Torque is unchanged at 790Nm.

To release these further horses, Toyota made each {hardware} (elevated airflow to the turbochargers) and software program (recalibrated engine administration) modifications.

The TRD Efficiency Bundle additionally makes use of bigger, higher-flowing twin intakes coupled with a better flowing cat-back exhaust and distinctive suggestions.

Distinctive throttle tuning additionally guarantees a sportier really feel from the burly Tundra, in addition to a “menacing” exhaust be aware.

Toyota USA says fashions with the package deal would require 91 octane gas, which is taken into account premium there.

Moreover the exhaust suggestions, the one visible cues to establish a Tundra with the package deal are distinctive badges.

The package deal provides an additional US$3400 (A$5288) to the value of a brand new Tundra, and will likely be supplied throughout the vary. Toyota can also be working to supply a dealer-installed possibility for present Tundra homeowners to replace their vehicles and have it factory-backed.

Toyota says it’s contemplating increasing the package deal to different fashions within the close to future. The associated Sequoia appears a possible candidate, as does the smaller Tacoma – notably contemplating the latter was simply proven at SEMA in scorching X-Runner idea guise.

The corporate has nonetheless but to formally announce an Australian launch for the Tundra, however it’s remanufacturing 300 examples from left to right-hand drive as a part of a “real-world analysis and validation program”.

Toyota Australia vice chairman of gross sales and advertising and marketing Sean Hanley mentioned buyer testing is an “important stage earlier than full-scale manufacturing could be accepted”.

“I stress, it is a take a look at and a trial. This automobile has not been marked for launch in Australia at this level,” Mr Hanley informed media earlier this 12 months – earlier than admitting “we’re not doing this to not deliver it to manufacturing”.

Toyota received’t be promoting the autos outright, and can as a substitute supply “a horny full-service lease … that recognises our want for purchasers to supply suggestions via the common seller check-ins”.

“To assist us select probably the most acceptable drivers, our sellers will contact potential clients and supply us with a shortlist for last choice based mostly on location, occupation, and deliberate utilization,” Mr Hanley mentioned.

The primary prototypes will likely be delivered to clients between December 2023 and April 2024, though there are some vehicles already on Australian roads.

Toyota Australia introduced in August 2022 an “intensive program is underway to re-engineer Tundra” for right-hand drive in partnership with Walkinshaw Automotive Group, which already re-engineers the Chevrolet Silverado for GMSV, and the Ram 1500 for Ateco Group.

Toyota mentioned it will draw on “key elements” from its international elements catalogue, together with the steering column and rack, pedals, and shift lever from the right-hand drive LandCruiser 300 Sequence with which the Tundra shares a model of its TNGA-F platform.

The primary batch of Tundra right-hand drive take a look at mules characteristic the hybrid powertrain.

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