Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner, which made their debut at the 2014 Chicago auto show. It’s a pretty apt statement, given that the packages—which leverage Toyota’s considerable experience in off-roading and the brutal Baja 1000 race—are available only for four-wheel-drive models and invite the sort of “watch this” back-country shenanigans we can get behind. The factory-installed kits are targeted squarely at burly, manly types—or at least those who want to look the part—and those who are serious about off-roading.
Most surprisingly, the TRD Pro Series gear (whipped up by Toyota Racing
Development, the automaker’s performance subsidiary) is far more than a
cosmetic sticker-and-wheel job; it’s the real deal and could possibly
give stuff like Ford’s wild F-150 SVT Raptor
a run for its money on sheer dementedness. Every TRD Pro
Series–equipped Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner gets TRD-branded Bilstein
remote-reservoir shocks, tuned front springs, a front skid plate, floor
mats, a TRD shift knob, black wheels, and an ultra-cool grille stamped
with old-school “Toyota” lettering. All three trucks look cool as hell,
and each truck gets its own unique equipment on top of the shared gear
listed above. Here’s how it breaks down.
First off, it’s worth noting Toyota affectionately refers to the TRD Pro
Series Tacoma as the “Taco Supreme.” Fans of the small pickup have long
nicknamed it the Taco, so it’s fun to see Toyota use the lingo. Anyway,
the Tacoma’s additional “hot sauce,” as Toyota puts it, includes
TRD-tuned springs with a 2-inch front lift, softer spring rates, 16-inch
beadlock-style aluminum wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich all-terrain tires,
and a TRD cat-back exhaust. If a lot of this stuff looks familiar,
that’s because it recently made an appearance on the special-edition Tacoma TRD T|X Baja Series package.) The Taco’s all-important wheel travel goes up by 1 inch in front and 1.5 inches in the rear.
The Tundra gets TRD-tuned springs with 2-inch front lift, softer springs
all around, 18-inch aluminum wheels with Michelin ORP tires, a TRD dual
exhaust, red seat stitching, a unique instrument panel, and “TRD PRO”
stamped into each quarter panel. Wheel travel goes up by 2 inches in
front, and 1.25 inches in back.
Toyota’s changes to the 4Runner for Pro Series duty are more nuanced
than the others, and include a 1.5-inch front lift, an additional inch
of wheel travel, black 17-inch TRD wheels, black TRD PRO badges, and
black front and rear fascia accents. The 4Runner’s wheel travel
increases 1 inch front and rear.
Thanks to: Car and Driver