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Yamaha models gives Toyota Tundra more range

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Alex Law
As part of a long and ongoing process of giving Toyota "the most versatile truck lineup in the world," the Canadian operation of the Japanese company will add a Yamaha Special Edition Package to its Tundra pickup for 2006.

2006 Toyota Tundra Access Cab Yamaha SE (photo: Toyota)
Aside from that mostly cosmetic package, however, there's not much new to report on the full-size pickup for the upcoming model year except that they'll be much harder to steal with the engine immobilizer that's now standard across the line and the anti-theft system on the Double Cab models.

But if you're thinking about buying a Tundra 4X4 Access Cab V8 or Double Cab V8, the Yamaha Special Edition Package with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) accessories might be interesting.

Except for the TRD dual-exhaust system which might add a dollop of extra juice (though Toyota does not mention that), the Yamaha package is all about making the Tundra (and, by extension, its owner) look cooler.

That is what tends to happen when you add 17-inch alloy wheels inside P265/65R17 tires, fender flares, a monotone exterior paint with colour-keyed front grille, front and rear bumpers and body side moulding, unique Special Edition grille and badging, and metallic dash accents.

Tony Wearing, one of Toyota Canada's three managing directors, says that with a choice of two powertrains and three cab sizes, and "our extensive range of optional equipment just got larger with the TRD Yamaha Special Edition which was built uniquely for Canada, it's about as close as you can get to having a custom-built truck."

Pricing for Toyota's full-sized pickup line starts at $26,010 for the 2006 Tundra 4X2 Regular Cab V6, while Access cabs start at $38,380.

2006 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Yamaha SE (photo: Toyota)
Double Cab models make up the "vast majority" of the Tundra models sold in Canada, Wearing says, and they start at $36,940 for the 4X2 Double Cab V8 version. One up from that is the 4X4 Double Cab V8 at $40,380, with the price of a fully-loaded 4X4 Double Cab Limited at $48,015.

Wearing says that pricing for the all-new Yamaha TRD Special Edition Tundra will be announced when it launches in Canada in September.

Power for the base Tundra models comes from the 4-litre, 24-valve V-6 that generates 236 hp at 5,200 rpm and 266 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm.

The 32-valve, 4.7-litre V-8 creates 271 hp at 5,400 rpm and 313 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm.

Both Tundra engines are connected to a five-speed automatic, and 4X4 models are also equipped with Toyota's Automatic Disconnecting Differential (ADD) for what Wearing says are "all the benefits of one-touch, shift-on-the-fly part-time 4WD."

Tundra gets drum brakes on the rear and power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes with four-piston calipers at the front, and an anti-lock system standard across the line. In addition, every V-8 model gets a limited slip rear differential.
Alex Law
Alex Law
Automotive expert