Toyota has unveiled six tuner cars that will be on view next week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. The Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Tacoma, and Tundra were modified by aftermarket tuners for the SEMA show.
The first tuner car is a Toyota 4Runner SUV designed for skiing and other winter sports. In partnership with Oakley and professional skier Simon Dumont, California’s Herbst Smith Fabrication added an enlarged front grille, a camouflage vinyl wrap, an LED light bar, and a metal roof rack with ski mounts. On the inside, the Toyota 4Runner boasts a grille, a coffeemaker, and special dryers for ski boots and gloves.
A Toyota Camry sedan was turned from plain-Jane commuter to hardcore rally racer, thanks to Kyle Busch Motorsports. A red, orange, and yellow paint scheme, along with a full roll cage, begins the long list of modifications to the standard Toyota Camry. Turbochargers, racing seats and harnesses, upgraded brakes and an off-road suspension, and foglights all help turn the Toyota Camry into a rallycross-ready machine dubbed the CamRally. It’s by far the most exciting Camry we’ve
Next up on the Toyota SEMA stand is a Corolla sedan that was modified by BMX rider Drew Bezanson and headphones company Skullcandy. The 2014 Toyota Corolla, dubbed “Crusher,” has special “grind rails” on the front and back for BMX tricks, as well as a rack to store two BMX bicycles. Inside the trunk, special shelves contain bicycle-repair tools, while an Apple iPad controls lights and an upgraded sound system.
Lifetime Fitness worked with Toyota and a group of triathletes to modify a 2013 Toyota RAV4 crossover for the SEMA show. There’s a bicycle rack on the roof, a hot-water shower with a five-gallon water tank, a spin dryer for wetsuits, a Blendtec blender for making smoothies, and a closet filled with snacks for restoring athletes’ energy.
DC Shoes worked with Toyota to build a winter-ready Tacoma designed for snowboarders. There’s a snowplow on the nose to help carve a path to the best powder-covered hills, as well as a ramp to drive a snowmobile into the pickup truck’s bed. A pop-up tent is on the roof, with a fold-down ladder to allow easy access. A 40-inch LED light bar helps illuminate the slopes for midnight snowboarding runs.
The final SEMA entry is a Tundra pickup truck that Toyota and the Joe Gibbs Racing Motorcross team converted into a desert-sports support vehicle. The Toyota Tundra is actually far bigger than is possible from the factory, as the tuners meshed a Tundra CrewMax cabin with an eight-foot bed. A metal box can store a motocross bike, while electrically powered awnings extend from the truck to provide shade in the desert. There are three TV screens, as well as a fridge, a power washer for the motocross bikes, and a wide range of backup gear. The entire truck has also been lifted by 12 inches so it can better traverse wild terrain.