Toyota HiLux truck tuned by Toyota Motorsport

Want to see the new limited edition 2008 Toyota HiLux Invincible pickup truck? Than, perhaps, you should include the next Commercial Vehicles auto show in Birmingham, UK, into your travel schedule for the April, 2008. At the event, the Japanese carmaker’s official tuning house TRD will present a version of the popular truck powered by a larger, more powerful oil-burner, as well as new rims, more advanced interior, and new multimedia gadgets.




Toyota HiLux truck tuned by Toyota Motorsport
Toyota HiLux truck tuned by Toyota Motorsport

While most of the Toyota HiLux crowd comes powered by pretty much average 2.0-liter or 2.7-liter gasoline or a 2.5-liter diesel engines, this particular model sports a 3.0-liter D-4D diesel engine: a relatively rare (some may even call it ‘huge’) powerplant with a power upgrade done by Toyota’s own TRD motor sports division.

Although still far from becoming a threat to a performance-oriented Ford F150 truck, the upgrades at least make the truck less pain to drive if you are one of those guys who seek pleasure from a daily driver.

Toyota HiLux truck tuned by Toyota Motorsport (front view)

With the oil-burner’s power output and torque increased from 169hp to 194hp and from 343Nm to 430Nm (320 lb-ft) respectively, the limited edition pickup truck reduces the 0-62mph acceleration time by 2.5s to 10.5seconds. Surprisingly, its fuel consumption stays on the same level.

Impressive, but that is not what you are buying trucks for, right? And, by the way, although it has absolutely no pears among the similarly sized vehicles, the truck still sucks a great deal comparing to the monstrous Ford F-150 500RC Roush pick-up truck.

Toyota HiLux truck tuned by Toyota Motorsport (side view)

According to the Japanese company, the limited edition HiLux Invincible comes equipped with exclusive-looking 15-inch alloy wheels and stainless-steel mesh grille. Inside the truck, you’ll find a two-tone leather trim with heated front seats and an expensive entertainment system with full-map touch screen satellite navigation.

The truck will go on sale in the UK this summer with a total run limited to just 500 units. The truck’s price will possibly start below £22,000 mark for the manual gearbox version.

The model with an automatic gearbox will surely be a Grand more expensive.

Toyota HiLux truck tuned by Toyota Motorsport (interior)
Toyota HiLux truck tuned by Toyota Motorsport (interior, cheap leather)

Photos: Toyota

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