TRD tunes up Toyota FJ for SEMA
Toyota's performance arm transforms the SUV into a Baja machine.
Toyota will bring a Toyota Racing Development-tuned version of its FJ off-roader to the 2012 SEMA show. The Baja-themed SUV concept will get more power, a better suspension, a unique exterior treatment and 17-inch beadlock wheels.
TRD started by upgrading the body for extreme off-road duty with an underbody exoskeleton. Toyota says the extra bracing makes the FJ more suitable for wheel, tire and suspension upgrades.
The front suspension uses 60 mm Bilstein shocks with a 1.3-inch lift and three-quarter-inch articulation. The rear shocks measure 50 mm with one inch of articulation and remote reservoirs. Midnight black 17-inch beadlock wheels clamp on to BFGoodrich all-terrain tires.
The engine was enhanced with a Twin Vortex supercharger from TRD and a new air-to-water intercooler. Those improve the output to 345 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. The base FJ has 260 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. A cat-back exhaust was installed for better sound.
As for visual upgrades, the FJ gets a push bar and rock rails on the outside and two-tone leather in the cabin. Seats and floor mats get FJ-S logos.
The TRD Toyota FJ Cruiser will take the stand in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
-- Jake Lingeman
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