Toyota Shows Off Old and New at SEMA Show 2016 - AutoNation Drive
At this year’s SEMA Show, Toyota came in with one of the more enjoyable booths, displaying a delightful balance of new and old school vehicles for us to drool over. But it didn’t just end with new and old, as they also brought in a heavy assortment of custom and race prepped vehicles for us to covet. Below are some of our favorite vehicles on display at this year’s event.
New to the Toyota lineup this year is the 86. If you are new to the Toyota family, the 86 is a legacy vehicle popularized by 1980’s Japanese Drift Racing culture. Previously in the Scion lineup, it has been moved over to Toyota in the United States making a lot of Toyota fans extremely happy. They brought a couple variants out for the SEMA Show 2016. The blue one pictured above is of the stock variant but outfitted with all of the available options. Below is a fully race prepped Toyota Motorsport GmbH CS-Cup car featuring full safety roll cage, racing seat, and lightweight OZ Racing wheels.
Toyota didn’t shy away from showing us exactly what is possible when you purchase the best selling mid-size pickup truck over the last ten years. The Tacoma TRD Pro Race Truck was a key showpiece at this year’s SEMA Show. This truck was built specifically to compete in the MINT 400, America’s largest and most prestigious off-road race. Outfitted with a stock 3.5-liter Atkinson Cycle Engine boasting a 4WD drivetrain with Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control. A beefed up suspension with FOX 2.5” coilovers with remote DSC adjuster along with front and rear Fox 3.0” Bypass Shocks with rear piggyback reservoirs make this truck a contender.
Also on display was the Toyota Prius G, a racing hybrid inspired by the Japanese Prius GT300 and a car built by legendary builder Gordon Ting of Beyond Marketing. Not exactly known for race car like handling, Ting was able to build this car and achieve .99 lateral g’s on the skid pad. This puts it in a category of performance cars that cost much much more- and lack hybrid cababilities.
Two of our favorite Corollas on display couldn’t be any more different. Above is a classic racing inspired Corrola from decades past. And below is a one-off custom Corolla Coupe that was modified from a sedan Chassis.
Much like the Corollas above, Toyota displayed vastly different vans at this years SEMA Show. Above is a classic from the early 80’s that happened to be fitted with an optional ice maker and cooler from the factory. And below, the ‘Swagger Wagon’ is taken to a whole new level. The only minivan to offer all wheel drive was outfitted with what seems like custom everything. Big wheels and brakes, plush interior with reclining seats, and wide body kit were included.
Arguably one of the coolest vehicles at this years SEMA Show is the ‘Land Speed Cruiser‘. At first sight looking like a lightly modified 2017 Toyota Landcruiser, further inspection reveals a highly modified 2000 horsepower sport utility vehicle capable of 220 miles per hour. You read that right- 2000hp and 220mph. No part of this Land Cruiser went untouched on its way to achieving legendary numbers. Be careful not to get too close to the volleyall sized turbocharger lurking in the front bumper, you could lose a limb.