Inspired by interest from the consumer aftermarket, Toyota has decided to add two new performance packages to its 2011 Tacoma compact pickup truck.
The packages, based on equipment shown at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show, consist of performance-enhancing equipment as well as cosmetic upgrades. The T X and T X Pro packages supplement the Tacoma's optional Off-Road package, which adds an electronic locking rear differential; tuned stabilizer bars, springs, and shock absorbers; and larger, off-road-ready tires.
To that, the $1699 T X package adds 16-inch black Toyota Racing Development wheels and even larger trail tires. Exterior enhancements, such as side steps, stainless steel exhaust, and a graphics package round out the changes.
The $1699 T X Pro package takes a different approach to tuning the Tacoma. Instead of focusing on cosmetic upgrades, those who opt for the Pro package add a TRD-tuned performance exhaust system. The result -- a slight increase in horsepower, but a much deeper exhaust note.
Both packages represent savings over ordering the parts a la carte, and are backed by a three year/36,000-mile warranty. Buyers will be able to order the T X Pro package this month, and the T X package will debut in September.
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