Toyota Turns Its Boring Kid Hauler Into A Kickass Hoonigan Wagon

SEMA 2015 / Comments

These vans HAVE are the coolest way to get to soccer practice.

Toyota really knows how to turn up the game on ordinary and unassuming cars when it comes to SEMA reveals. This year, the Japanese automaker has revealed the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept and the Ultimate Utility Vehicle concept at the show. Let's start with the R-Tuned. Toyota Technical Center worked with DG-Spec to transform a boring Sienna SE into a family hauling swag wagon with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double adjustable shocks with racing springs and a limited slip differential.

The stock 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission remain but Toyota says this Sienna beats the Camaro SS with its 6.2-liter least around the Streets of Willow Springs track in Southern California. It posted a time of 1:27, a second better than the Camaro. Toyota says this is possible due to its improved traction. The Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle is the Japanese automaker's all-terrain, dominant weapon. The off-roader is basically a reinforced, high-tech Toyota Sienna body mated to the frame of a Toyota Tacoma 4x4. The UUV has a mobile satellite television receiver, Wi-Fi, Internet access, a 17-inch monitor, a 60-inch LED TV, 2,500-watt audio system and a nigh vision camera system.

Four-link long-travel suspension and 33x22 Nitto Mud Grappler tires on 22-inch Monster Energy 539B off-road wheels give the Sienna 15.75 inches of wheel travel to drive over almost anything. The doors were specially modified for easy entry and exit. The driver's controls are all Sienna parts but the buttons actually control the functions of Tacoma pickup which is pretty neat. Now, dads will have a tough decision: Bisimoto's ridiculously extreme Odyssey, or Toyota's racing or off-road Sienna?

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