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Toyota Racing Development Focuses Efforts On Superchargers

Posted in car modifications, Car Tech, Cars, Custom, Fast Cars, General, Horsepower, New Cars, Off-Roading, Racing, SEMA, Street Racing, Toyota, Trucks by Geoff | July 21st, 2009 | 1 Response |
TRD Supercharged 2008 Toyota Tundra

TRD Supercharged 2008 Toyota Tundra

Embracing the philosophy that superchargers possess the greatest potential for increasing horsepower in their stock Toyota engines, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) provides a range of supercharger units for Scion, Toyota and Lexus cars, none more impressive than that applied to the Toyota Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 pictured above. The result? 504 horsepower and 550 pounds feet of torque.

Toyota Tacoma Offroad Concept At SEMA

Toyota Tacoma Offroad Concept At SEMA

Toyota, and especially Scion, encourages the idea of customization of their stock vehicles. The result is that sales volume of TRD parts rank in the U.S. along side the more traditional performance leaders GM, Ford and Mopar.

V6 Supercharged FJ Cruiser Engine Bay

V6 Supercharged FJ Cruiser Engine Bay

Spercharger units are available through authorized Toyota dealerships at $3,000-5,000 and depending on year and engine, also fit many late model Toyota trucks, Corolla, Matrix, and Scion products.  In fact, those with an endless amount of creativity (and money) have been known to drop the Tundra’s V8 with supercharger into their xB. As a more mild example, horsepower of a 2008 Scion tC or xB’s 2.4-liter engine is increased 25% to 200 horsepower with a 6 PSI centrifugal supercharger installed. 

TRD Tundra Off-Road Concept

TRD Tundra Off-Road Concept

In the aforementioned application with the 5.7-liter V8 in the Toyota Sequoia and Toyota Tundra, the supercharger features a Roots-type system that produces 8.5 psi and 504 hp at 5,500 rpm and 550 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.  The $5,875 kit includes a water-to-air intercooler and requires 8-10 hours of installation time.  This new package follows TRD’s offering of a Roots-type Eaton supercharger for the 4.0-liter V6 of the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota FJ Cruiser, which increases output to 304 hp.

As long as they are installed by the dealer, new car warranties are unchanged with the addition of these TRD parts.

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  1. Marc Sketchler says:

    If someone can manage to shoehorn a supercharged 5.7 into an xBox, perhaps it’ll fit into a Prius, too…