Other show cars include Prius G, GT86 CS-Cup racer
Toyota usually brings out a slew of concepts to the annual SEMA Show, and this year is no different. Though the Scion brand is conspicuously absent from this year’s parade of show cars, Toyota still has plenty of sheetmetal to get excited about. Here are a few of our favorites.
Toyota Land Speed Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser probably wouldn’t be your first choice as a base for building a 200-plus-mph (321.9 km/h) car. That is, unless you’re Toyota. The automaker has dropped a 2016 Land Cruiser on large, five-spoke Momo wheels and twin-turbocharged its 5.7-liter V-8 to produce more than 2,000 hp. Thanks to the two volleyball-sized Garrett large-frame turbochargers, the SUV has a claimed top speed of 220 mph. The hood has been redesigned for better aerodynamics and to accommodate airflow to the two enormous turbos.
Toyota Prius G
The Prius isn’t a vehicle you see often at SEMA. The hybrid has traditionally been pretty boring to drive and has given the aftermarket little reason to care about it. Toyota set out to change that with the Prius G, or Prius Extreme. Gordon Ting of Beyond Marketing drew inspiration from the Prius GT300 race car and endowed the 2017 Prius with Tein coilovers, 18×10.5 front and 18×9.5 rear Volk TE-37SL alloy wheels, Toyo R888 competition tires, Brembo four-piston brakes, and more. The upgrades helped the Prius pull 0.99 g on the skid pad.
Toyota Extreme Sienna
Toyota has brought modified Siennas out to SEMA before. Last year it surprised everyone with the race-ready, Camaro-beating Sienna R-Tuned concept. This year, Toyota’s Sienna concept is more show than go, but still well done. The goal with the Extreme Sienna was to recreate the experience of flying in a private jet. To this end, the interior was reupholstered in parchment and cognac Euro Autolux leather, and received custom burl wood accents, reclining and massaging heated captain’s chairs, Brazilian Pecan hardwood floors, and a home theater system. An iPad controls the entire vehicle, including the Air Lift Performance air ride system.
Toyota also brought out a modified Corolla, a GT86 CS-Cup car, and the Tacoma TRD Pro race truck set to compete at next year’s Mint 400. Each of Toyota’s SEMA vehicles is displayed alongside a stock version of one of its ancestors. The lineup of vintage Toyotas includes a 1969 2000GT, 1983 Van, 1969 Corolla, 1966 Stout 1900, 1961 FJ25 Land Cruiser, and 2000 Prius.