Five things to know about the power of the Toyota Tundra

1. Yes, it’s petrol. But even a Toyota Australia executive admitted that if the Tundra came with a diesel motor, they would sell 100 a month. Australians love diesel, but in America the Tundra competes in the same class as the F150, the Chevy 1500 and Dodge Ram 1500, all of which have been petrol for a long time. This however is changing, with Dodge releasing a diesel version, and Nissan America’s new Titan coming in diesel. So watch this space. In the meantime, we highly recommend the Lexus 5.7 litre V8 petrol engine, for its power and efficiency – more of both than a Landcruiser.

2. An extra horse, a boat that’s two metres longer, or more food in your caravan’s fridge … it’s all possible with the extra half-tonne available for towing with a Tundra. OK, granted it may be a Shetland pony, but with most Australian utes only towing up to 3.5 tonne, the Tundra’s four tonne towing capacity is still a great option for those looking for more.

3. To give assurance to anyone who has a space shuttle sitting dormant in their garage, back in 2012 Toyota pulled off aspectacular publicity stunt. With the 136 tonne space shuttle in tow, a Toyota Tundra made its way for 400 metres through the streets of Los Angeles. Any suggestions for a similar publicity stunt in Australia are welcome.

4. The name of the Toyota Tundra engine conjures up images of your favourite technology in a galaxy, far, far away! I-FORCE!!! A little big Apple and little bit Star Wars. When it was released in 2007, the 5.7 litre engine in the Toyota Tundra was the most powerful Toyota car/truck engine ever – 284 kw of power and 543 nm of torque. There are truck engines out there with dual overhead cams and 32-valve heads and others with variable valve timing. But throw in aluminum-block construction and variable intake lengths, and the Tundra’s i-Force right up there as one of the highest-tech truck engines ever made available to the public.

5. So all things considered, it should be no surprise that there’s a race series in the US called the Toyota Tundra 250, featuring wickedly lowered … Tundras! See here: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/race-center/camping-world-truck-series/toyota-tundra-250.html

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