2008 Toyota Tundra 5.7 Liter 32 Valve V8 VVT-i 381 HP
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2008 Toyota Tundra

2008 Toyota Tundra
5.7 liter 32valve V8
VVT-i producing 381 hp
401lb-ft of Torque

First thing I thought to myself when the brass at Toyota announced a FULL SIZE TRUCK was, " B'out damn time." Anyone around my age will remember the Toyota's of 20-25 years ago and the coined phrase " I love what you do for me, Toyota !" With a fleet of reliable vehicles as the Cressida's, Supra-Celica's, Corolla's, and of course the Compact Truck.

This little truck was absolutely amazing, sporting a 22R or a 22R-E-E engine developing 96-112 horsepower and 130ft-lbs of torque. There was even a turbocharged option the 22R-TE making 135hp and a pavement pounding 170ft-lb of torque. Toyota did not give it's P/U truck a name until 1995 branding it Tacoma. For this new model line Toyota designed a new 4 cylinder engine the 2RZ-Z with a 16 valve head and 2.4 liters of displacement producing 142 hp, and a 2.7 liter four banger the 3RZ-E producing just 8 more horsepower but placed in the 4X4 chassis configurations.

The six cylinder option a 5VZ-FE 24 valve engine made a whopping 190 horsepower and really made the Tacoma a great mid-size buy for those looking for more power for towing and hauling. Loyal Toyota truck consumers finally got a full size truck in 2000 called the Tundra to compete with the big three automotive builders. It's base engine option was the 5VZ-FE carried over from the Tacoma and a 245 hp 4.7 liter 32 valve V-8 coupled to a 4 speed automatic transmission.

The full size Tundra in my opinion really wasn't up for the challenge of being a class leader for the full size truck segment eight years ago. Today the Tundra is a whole different animal. Starting out with a new 5.7 liter 32valve V8 with VVT-i producing 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and 401lb-ft of torque at 3,600rpm. A six speed electronically controlled transmission with sequential shift mode keeps engine rpm in check when cruising down the highway or towing a 10,000 pound trailer through mountain passes.

When you have to bring that five ton load to a halt the Tundra's massive 13.9 inch front rotors and 13.6 inch rear rotors give you the confidence and control while braking with Toyota's standard anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and vehicle stability control. So if you want to experience the power and control of the 2008 Truck of the Year stop by your local Toyota dealer and give the all new Tundra a test-drive.

I Love What You Do For Me Toyota!
Court Shanken

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