TRD-Tuned FJ Cruiser Concept has Baked-in Baja CapabilityTaking Cues from the Baja Series Tacoma, the FJ-S Cruiser Seeks its Own Niche
Toyota's FJ Cruiser enjoys a substantial audience of off-road aficionados with a constant craving for new variations on the popular 4x4. Toyota's performance arm, TRD, is obliging them once again with a fresh take on a Baja-themed off-roader scheduled to debut on Oct. 30 at the 2012 SEMA Show.
'TRD's work on high-performance off-road variants of Toyota vehicles goes back a number of years,' said Keith Dahl, Toyota's national manager of engagement marketing and motorsports. 'The FJ-S is a great example of their off-road expertise.'
TRD took the unusual step of upgrading the chassis/body structure for more serious off-road duty through the addition of an underbody 'exoskeleton.' The extra stiffness and strength creates a more suitable platform for the suspension modifications and wheel/tire upgrades.
The front suspension uses 60-mm Bilstein® racing shocks that provide a 1.3-inch lift, and 50-mm Bilstein® racing shocks with remote reservoirs in the rear. Sturdy 17-inch TRD Midnight Black beadlock-style wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires give the FJ a go-anywhere persona.
The FJ's 4.0-liter V6 engine gets the full TRD supercharger treatment with the Twin Vortex System (TVS) and a large air-to-water intercooler. The net effect is a 30 percent increase in horsepower to 345, and a torque peak of 340 lb.-ft at 3,500 rpm, a 25 percent improvement. A custom cat-back exhaust gives aural clues to the FJ's increased urge.
The exterior of the FJ-S is enhanced with a front nudge bar and rock rails, and the interior gets a two-tone leather seat treatment with FJ-S logos on the seatbacks and custom floor mats.
The FJ-S can be seen along with eight other new and unique custom-built Toyota vehicles in the Toyota display booth #24801 in Central Hall at the 2012 SEMA Show starting October 30.
Engine : 4.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 345 hp
Torque: 340 ft-lbs
• 4.0-liter V6 engine
• TRD supercharger with Twin Vortices System (TVS)
• Four-lobe, high-efficiency rotor pack
• Large air-to-water intercooler
• 345 HP (30% increase) @ 3,500 rpm
• 340 lb.-ft. of torque (25% increase) @ 3,500 rpm Drivetrain Five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission Suspension
• Front 60-mm Bilstein® race shocks with 1.3' lift / ¾' articulation
• Rear 50-mm Bilstein® race shocks with 0' lift / 1' articulation / remote reservoirs Interior
• Custom floor mats
• Two-tone leather interior with FJ-S logos on seatbacks Exterior
• 17-inch TRD Midnight Black beadlock-style wheels
• BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires
• Cat-back exhaust
• Front nudge bar
• Rock rails Source - Toyota