For the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series, Toyota will be racing a car inspired by the new Supra. They took significant creative license to stretch the BMW co-developed sports coupe to stock car proportions, but its a welcome reminder that the production car is coming soon.
We recently flew to France with Toyota Gazoo Racing to spend 4 days immersed in the culture of the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. What we found was an engrossing experience that makes this a must-see event for any true automotive fanatic.
Leading up to the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing took wraps off a badass street supercar built on the same hybrid drivetrain as its 1000hp TS050 LMP1 race car. They have plans to produce a limited number of cars for those with hefty bank accounts.
We spent a day behind the wheel of Toyota’s new compact hatchback, and were impressed with its playful and sporty looks, its comfy, premium interior, and exceptional array of safety tech. Now find out what we thought about the way it drives over on 95octane.
The former Scion iM/Corolla iM hatch gets a complete do-over, with a fresh and bold new look, a longer, lower, and wider chassis, a brand new 168 hp, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, sport-tuned suspension and a ton of standard tech, including class-leading safety features.
At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota showed a concept car which serves as a preview of the return of the Supra, its powerful front engine, rear-wheel drive sports car. The racing version has lightweight aero upgrades, a giant wing, and a stripped-down cabin.
Legacy Overland’s awesomely restored and upgraded 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ-45. It has a 3.5L 6-cylinder diesel engine, Old Man Emu suspension, Daytona Beadlock steel wheels, BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, LED headlights, and a Bluetooth radio connected to four speakers.
We teamed up with Toyota to drive the all-new Camry to Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, and St. Augustine, FL to learn about some of America’s oldest neighborhoods. It was a gluttonous, gorgeous, haunting, and humbling experience, with just enough history and humor thrown in.
Judge not the Tj Cruiser by its cover. Except for the driver’s seat, all of the 4×4 van’s seats can be folded down completely flat. The seat backs are covered with scratch-resistant material and have lots of tie-down points, making it one of the most versatile vehicle interiors we’ve seen.
Using years of experience in restoring Land Cruisers, The FJ Company is keeping the spirit of the definitive 4×4 alive. The FJ Company Sport adds modern equipment to an FJ40 body and chassis, including a 210hp 1FZ engine, Old Man Emu suspension, and a digital dash and radio.
We spent a week with Toyota’s rugged, capable, and comfortable SUV, and didn’t want to give it up when our time was done. It deftly goes from urban daily driver to a rugged, trail-capable 4×4, and won’t break the bank. Read our full review on 95octane.
Toyota says goodbye to boring with its sporty new Camry variant, which looks awesome in white with a black roof and red leather interior. Its new chassis and suspension handle great, and the V6 version cranks out 301 hp and 267 lb-ft. of torque. Full review on 95octane.
Combining the ruggedness of Toyota’s nearly indestructible HiLux pickup with the playfulness of Tonka toy trucks, this very special concept is ready to take on just about anything, with a 6″ lift, 35″ lug tires, a huge skid plate, LED trail lighting, and a tube frame in its bed for gear.
Legendary racer Keiichi “Drift King” Tsuchiya – one of the inspirations and consultants for Initial D – compares his personal 1983 Toyota Corolla AE86 with its grandson, the GT86. You probably know which one he prefers, but it’s worth watching nonetheless.
The rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S gets reborn, retaining the go-kart like handling of its predecessor, along with more sporty front end styling, and cool new “86” badging throughout. Its 200-ish hp engine won’t break records, but it’s still a blast to drive. Review on 95octane.
One of Toyota’s slick rides for SEMA 2016, Cartel Customs and Star Side Design turned the 4-door daily driver into a 2-door sportscar, turbo-boosted to 250 whp, stripped it down to just 2000 lb. with the driver, then coated the whole thing in a vibrant two-tone paint.
This low-riding, custom-built beast started life as a 2016 Land Cruiser, but now is capable of pushing out more than 2000 hp, and hitting a top speed of 220 mph, courtesy of Motorsports Technical Center, and a pair of volleyball-sized Garrett turbochargers. Debuts at SEMA 2016.
Toyota’s most rugged mid-size pickup yet, the new Tacoma TRD Pro rides on 2.5″ FOX Shocks, is wider, taller, has a 35º approach angle, and a 1/4″ skid plate to protect components. We dig the blacked out grille, hood scoop, and overfenders. Read our full review on 95octane.
We visited Toyota’s 4.2m sq.ft. San Antonio Texas manufacturing plant to see how they build their rugged Tacoma and Tundra pickups. Over 7200 people from Toyota and its partners work in concert with robotics to complete a truck every 60 seconds. (Video by Jim Rough)
We reconnected with pro racer Ryan Millen to take a ride inside his Toyota Rally RAV4. Incredibly, it’s mostly stock other than the tires, shocks, exhaust, and rollcage. We still can’t believe this front-wheel drive SUV with an automatic can go around a dirt track like this.