When you think about the Toyota lineup, what is the least likely vehicle that you would expect to see sport-tuned? If you said the Sienna minivan, you would be wrong. For Toyota’s 2015 SEMA lineup, it displayed a Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept.
SEMA is the Specialist Equipment Market Association, and each year it holds a fantastic event in Las Vegas to show all that the custom world has to offer.
This R-Tune Sienna takes the “Swagger Wagon” to a whole new level with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential. All this combines to deliver a performance like you would never believe from a minivan.
Even with the stock 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept outpaced a 6.2-liter V8 Camaro SS. At the Streets of Willow Springs, the Sienna R-Tune posted a 1:27 lap time around the 1.7-mile course—this was a full second ahead of the Camaro.
“When we produced the Sienna SE, we started moving in the direction of more sportiness beyond what you would find in a family hauler,” said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the Sienna at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a statement. “With the Sienna R-Tuned, we wanted to see if we could create a vehicle that would push the limits even farther. We definitely proved that it’s possible.”
While you won’t be seeing the Sienna R-Tuned on any showroom floors, this might make you rethink what you’ve always thought about minivans! Come see the new Toyota Sienna today at Capital Toyota.