If you’ve ever seen a Toyota Tundra, you probably already know that it’s a cool truck.
Take, for instance, the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. It’s got a 5.7L V8 engine with dual exhaust, giving the Tundra all the power you’d need and maybe more. The engine pumps out 381 horsepower to create 401-foot pounds of torque, all working together to bring over 10,000 of towing power. It’s even got a TOW/HAUL mode to automatically favor low gears in the face of exceptionally heavy tow loads. With a package like that, the Tundra is the ultimate machine for even the toughest tow jobs, no matter the conditions.
Now pair all that with black bezel headlights, black badging and a unique TRD Pro bed stamp, a supersized “TOYOTA” grille, 18-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels, 32-in. Michelin LTX AT2 tires with TRD-tuned front springs and Blistein high-performance shocks, and you’ve got yourself with one sweet piece of machinery – as sexy as it is powerful.
The biggest surprise? That’s all standard with the 2016 Tundra TRD Pro.
But the 2016 Tundra isn’t the only model that has blown the auto industry away at its unveiling. Since the Tundra’s initial release in May of 2000, Toyota has worked through over a dozen iterations over two generations of this popular model. Alongside the usual updates and upgrades on the basic model from year to year, Toyota has also developed several Tundra Special Editions and, from the look of it, some of them were pretty sweet.
Here are some of the coolest special edition Tundras we’ve ever seen. They tend to come sporadically but when they do each seems to leave a lasting impression on our collective memories of the classic Tundra. Maybe you’ve seen one and didn’t even notice it.
You read that right – it’s a Tundra Limousine.
Unveiled earlier this month at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display, the Tundrasine (shown above) brings a whole new meaning to luxury for the Tundra.
The Tundrasine actually started as a 1794 CrewMax Edition, featuring the same double front grille and all of the standard tech included in the 1794 – just with eight doors instead of four. Available in a Midnight Black Metallic exterior, the Tundrasine features a custom and functional brown leather interior – designed in the same style as cockpits and passenger compartments of luxury private jets.
Stretched to 26 feet in length and with a wheelbase of 235.9 inches, the Tundrasine definitely beckons to the executive who is looking for a way to travel in total luxury without worrying about seeming ostentatious. This edition really knows how to enter the room
The Tundra CrewMax 1794 Edition
If you are one of those truck lovers who doesn’t want to sacrifice an ounce of raw power and who wants to drive in total luxury, then you should take a look at the 1794 Edition Tundra.
Outfitted in a western theme with soft-touch natural brown leather, a wood trim interior, air-cooled seats, the 1794 Edition feels like it belongs at home on the ranch. Actually, that’s where its name comes from – the property in Texas on which the Tundra is built was founded as a ranch in 1794.
With a standard Integrated Backup Camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a spacious cabin, and available Blind Spot Monitoring, the 1794 Edition offers the perfect combination of style, luxury, and tech that will make everyone on the ranch jealous.
The Toyota FTX Concept Truck
First unveiled in 2004 North American International Auto Show, the FTX is, quite simply, a super-stylish behemoth.
Nearly seven feet wide, over six-and-a-half feet tall and a staggering 19 feet long, the FTX is definitely imposing on the road. Its large-displacement V8 hybrid gas-electric engine puts out a ton of torque with the fuel efficiency of a V6, making this truck as powerful as it looks without needed constant fill-ups. This was the first model to really hint at the possibility of a hybrid Tundra, which Toyota has been tossing around since 2004.
Despite its good looks, the FTX is also a serious work truck. With standard integrated tow hooks in the bumpers, special hideaway carabiner-type tie-down hooks in the bed, an electric generator under the rear skid plate, an air compressor, and outlets, it seems doubtful that you’ll be wanting for power at the job site any time soon. And with a collapsible hidden job box in the bed that can be erected for storage and a hideaway ramp in the tailgate that extends to the ground when the gate is open, you’ll actually find this truck can seriously pull its weight. And, with a standard 3-D central display screen, the FTX doesn’t disappoint the tech-savvy truck lovers out there.
If, that is, you feel comfortable enough risking a scratch on that bright blue finish and chrome detailing.
Toyota Tundra Rock Warrior
First introduced in 2011 alongside the standard 2011 Tundra 4×4, the Rock Warrior package was specifically marketed toward serious offroaders who needed a tough truck for the roughest terrains but didn’t want to sacrifice on style.
Honestly, the majority of the differences between the Rock Warrior Edition and the classic Tundra are mainly cosmetic – 17″ TRD forged alloy wheels with LT285/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, Bilstein shocks, color-keyed front bumper and grille surround, a matte black rear bumper, fog lamps, manual sliding rear window with privacy glass (in the Double Cab), a black cloth interior with manual bucket seats and TRD Rock Warrior graphics.
Not to short-sell its power – with a 5.7L V8 engine capable of towing over 10,000 lbs, this truck may look pretty but it’s no joke on the worksite.
Special Mention: The Tundra that Pulled the Space Shuttle
Ok, so it’s not really a “Special Edition,” but it’s still pretty cool to know that a Tundra was tasked with pulling the Space Shuttle Endeavor after the shuttle’s return from space.
On October 12, 2012, the newly-decommissioned Endeavor paraded through Los Angeles on its way to the California Science Center pulled by four special self-propelled robotic transporters, which were towing the shuttle on a special lightweight dolly.
However, because of the bridge’s weight limit the four transporters could not travel over the bridge together with the shuttle – but only all four together had enough power to move the ship. In a quick fix to decrease weight but keep the same power, Toyota commissioned a standard 4×4 Tundra CrewMax, albeit with a special paint job identifying it as the Tundra Endeavor, and pulled the shuttle over the bridge.
If that’s not a testament to the raw power of the Tundra, then I’m not totally sure what is. Call it a smart move, but Toyota even took the opportunity to shoot the event for a 2013 Super Bowl Commercial.
So those are some of the coolest Special Edition Toyota Tundras we’ve seen to date. With this track record, we hope Toyota isn’t afraid to keep them coming – maybe, just maybe, they’ll be able to top themselves.