As a sports car guy and a motorcycle guy, I don’t have much use for minivans. They’re slow (over-boosted Chrysler turbo minivans excepted), they’re ill-handling and they eat a little bit of your soul every time you climb behind the wheel. Sure, they’re good at moving people and their trappings from one place to another, but they don’t go off-road, you can’t haul a bike in one and they don’t give you much towing capacity. The automotive equivalent of purgatory, minivans exist between the heaven of sports cars and the hell of boring sedans. The sole positive comment I can make about them is that they’re usually comfortable.
Toyota may have just changed my mind with their Swagger Wagon Supreme, built for the SEMA Show by B.A.D. Company. Starting point was a 2011 Toyota Sienna V^, stretched by some 44 inches. The steel roof was replaced by an acrylic one, to let in light and create atmosphere. A custom pneumatic suspension was added, which allows the Swagger Wagon Supreme to vary ride height from 2.5 inches to 6.5 inches, and 20” wheels were added for an element of style. The color is called “Blue Swagger Opal”, and it was sprayed over a pearlescent base. Don’t expect the multi-stage paint to be offered by Toyota any time soon.
Inside, the Swagger Wagon Supreme is positively pimptastic. Seats have reversible cushions, one side with color matched leather for adults and one side with color for the kids. Two swiveling captains chairs are used, one fitted with massage cushions, and a hideaway table can be used to hold the requisite gin and tonic while you roll in style. A refrigerator ensures that your mixers and limes stay nice and cold, while the Corian countertop gives you a place to slice your limes. The floor and cabinets are Brazilian cherry wood, which adds a nice touch of class to the Swagger Wagon Supreme.
You won’t get bored as you roll in style, since the SWS has a Windows 7 PC with a 23” touch screen monitor, an Xbox 360 system and a custom JBL audio system with 1700 watts of power. That’ll get your neighbor’s attention as you roll through the ‘hood, tunes-a-cranking.
Would I want to drive this beast? Hell no, but I wouldn’t mind rolling in it for a night on the town on someone else’s dime. How about it Toyota? I’ll give the Swagger Wagon Supreme a full road test, just give me the van, a driver, and a healthy supply of limes.