An unconventional method for an equally strange project.
The Toyota RAV4 Prime is currently one of the hottest vehicles in the US, evidenced by the lack of supply and high demand. Amazingly, this is causing dealership markups by as much as $10,000 over MSRP. Not bad for a 302 horsepower plug-in hybrid crossover that also happens to be Toyota's second-fastest model (0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds), bested only by the GR Supra (4.1 seconds). There's no doubt Toyota is so far thrilled with this, and both the non-hybrid and hybrid RAV4 variants continue to sell very well despite everything going on right now.
Whether it was intended to be something of a celebration or more a team-building exercise, a group of Toyota factory employees in Japan built this one-off RAV4 limousine. Clearly nothing like this is intended for series production, but it's still pretty cool.
Japanese language website Car Watch has learned a total of 200 employees at Toyota's Takaoka production plant in Japan spent four months building this thing during their off-hours. Now measuring 26 feet in length, this stretched RAV4 boasts a lot more legroom than the standard RAV4. There's so much room, in fact, a table was even added to the interior. The front dashboard has also been covered in a unique black and white checkered pattern and there's even new purple floor carpeting.
Things look a bit funky with the exterior, too. The beltline is totally not in sync. It's more of a zigzag pattern now. This is understandable because the project was essentially a huge cut and paste job. And that brings up another point: safety.
Structural integrity was clearly a concern and was tested using a rather unusual method. The team placed the limo on a cargo lift, raised it, and then literally dropped it. Problems? None. It didn't break in half. Even with the added sheetmetal, total vehicle weight increased by only 220 pounds. Top speed is only around 50 mph, though we doubt RAV4 Prime-like performance was never the goal.
This one was just for fun and had the full support of factory management and the corporate office.