Toyota is investigating whether the sports pickups have finally run out of steam, or if there is still a place for them. The prepared concept served as a template for a commonly available package.

In the 1990s, there was a trend that completely denied the original idea of ​​pick-ups. The owners lowered them, put them on a road chassis, tuned the engine and took the big wheels to smooth roads instead of hauling bales of straw on gravel roads. While there is no shortage of powerful pick-ups among external modifiers, only a handful of them have a sporty touring concept. Honestly, it makes sense, why sew work shoes for running when you can just buy sneakers?

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Although this trend naturally subsided, Toyota remained faithful to it for quite a long time. After all, Tacoma sold the X-Runner between 2005 and 2014. The car had a sports body kit, intake on the hood, a lowered chassis and a four-liter V6 pumped to 236 horsepower, which could be increased to 300 horsepower with an additional package. All this in conjunction with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.

This year’s SEMA auto show is being used by Toyota to explore whether interest in such cars is still alive or has become a relic like Fast and Furious-style tuning. As seen in the Tacoma X-Runner Concept study, the recipe hasn’t changed.

The car has a bright blue paint with a contrasting roof, a body kit including a hood with a central intake and a spoiler at the rear, where we also find a massive diffuser. The 21-inch carbon wheels sit snugly against the wheel arches thanks to a modified air suspension with Bilstein dampers and an increased track width of 76 mm.

The 3.4-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder produces 421 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. Smoother transmission to the wheels is provided by the rear axle equipped with a differential with an electronic lock. The transmission is automatic, which is revealed by the paddles under the steering wheel. The red seats are a nice throwback to the nineties.

Unfortunately, you cannot buy this car. On the other hand, you can treat yourself to a similarly tuned Tundra, directly from the factory. Just check the TRD Performance Package for 80,000 CZK in the order. Workers directly on the line fit the car with a sports intake, pipes and exhaust for better air flow. He sticks a TRD plaque and inserts a control unit with new maps into the control unit of the standard i-Force engine, the basis of which is the same as the concept. The result is the same 421 hp and 650 Nm when using high-octane fuel.