Slapping motorcycle nameplates onto full-size pickups is nothing new, but we like the approach used on the Toyota Tundra Ducati Transporter, a concept unveiled at the 2008 SEMA show.
Toyota started with a stock Tundra CrewMax pickup, but stretched the frame in order to accommodate a 6.5-foot bed. The extra length was needed to haul motorcycles – in this case, a brand new Ducati Desmosedici RR. Though the tailgate appears stock, it actually swings to the left, allowing a ramp to the cargo area to be lowered to the ground.
The bed’s further customized on its sides, where virtually the entire exterior skin flips up and away, revealing an extensive system of tool cabinets and storage. Solar panels mounted on the bed’s cover can be raised, powering accessories or other power tools when needed.
And since it’s SEMA, Toyota didn’t forget about the Tundra’s performance. TRD fitted a big brake kit, lowered the suspension, and added a supercharger to the 5.7-liter V-8. We’re sure the additions help the rig move quickly – but nothing like the Ducati itself.