Everybody wondered? Why did Toyota drop the Tundra from the 2018 TRD Pro lineup?
Well, we have our answer!
After a year hiatus the Toyota Tundra is back, tuned by the Toyota Racing Development team to go toe to toe with the likes of the venerable Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ram Rebel.
The TRD Tundra is driven by a 5.7 liter V-8 that delivers 383 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. All that power is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. Like other 4WD Tundras, the TRD Pro uses a part-time 4WD system with a two-speed, electronically controlled transfer case.
The 5.7 liter DOHC engine is a thirsty one with an EPA estimated 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.
In addition to new Fox racing shocks, the Tundra’s suspension gets an extra 2 inches of lift. The full-size pickup gets the new Rigid Industries LED fog lights and LED headlamps with sporty black accents, a new grille and hood scoop, and an available moonroof.
TRD cat-back dual exhaust is a standard feature on the TRD Pro and their black chrome exhaust tips give them a menacing look. Overall, the exhaust system gives the V-8 a throaty growl and may even enhance horsepower and low end torque.
In the back, “TRD Pro” is stamped in the rear quarter panels, and the truck gets new 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum, five-spoke satin black wheels with Michelin P275/65R18 all-terrain tires. Under the front end is a one-quarter-inch skid plate.
Inside there are TRD Pro logos on the seats, red stitching on the dash, seats, and armrests, and emblems on the floor mats, shift knob, and center console.
We’re betting pricing won’t increase too much past the outgoing model. Expect a starting price of around $44,000 for the Double Cab and around $47,000 for the Crew Max.
While it may not beat the F-150 Raptor in the dirt, the Tundra TRD Pro Series is a mean looking beast and we’re betting it will make you want to get off the pavement and into the dirt.