Toyota Racing Development, Toyota’s branch that manufactures aftermarket performance accessories, has announced that it will be manufacturing a performance package that will be available in stock versions of the Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner. TRD states that these vehicles will be completely off-road ready.
This is big news to Ford, who have for the most part been the only OEM in the off-road capable truck segment of the industry. Their Raptor has been hailed as a truck that can take anything conditions it is put in, a statement that for the most part is very true.
The new TRD Pro vehicles will be equipped with many features not standard in any of the previous stock version of their respective vehicles. As reported by AutoNews the new features include:
— Bilstein monotube shocks with remote reservoirs add 1 to 2 inches of wheel travel, depending on the vehicle. The shocks’ 60-millimeter pistons are substantially larger than the stock units, providing better damping capabilities.
— Dual cat-back exhaust systems provide up to an additional 10 hp and a throatier exhaust note, just on the border of the 95-decibel legal limit.
— Higher ride-height Eibach front springs add 1 to 2 inches of ground clearance, depending on the vehicle, and smoother off-road response.
— Larger alloy wheels, some with knobbier tires for off-road use.
Pricing for the vehicles with this package have not been announced, but are stated to be available soon. One thing is for sure; Ford will have its eyes peeled for this announcement. The 2014 Ford SVT Raptor has a base price of nearly $45,000. If Toyota can offer a lower price for their TRD Pro vehicles, this is sure to undermine Ford’s market share in the performance truck market. It will be interesting to see if a price war will emerge from this new player in the market and if this will spur other OEMs to begin their own models of these vehicles.