Hey, everybody, how are y’all doing? Believe it or not, the classics are back. I mean, the desire of folks all around the world to take up on the retro cars has grown into a trade these days, and I just wanna join the movement and tell you guys about a standout vehicle from the early 20’s – Toyota’s Tacoma S Runner.
That Cool Kids Car
Now, the Tacoma brand was first introduced back in 1995, and managed to surround itself with a loyal fan-base in a really short time. Six years later, when Ford and other big names in the American automobile industry began their heavy assault on the market, the Japanese made their major move with the trump card – the Tacoma S Runner. The first launch of this bad boy was in 2001, and pretty soon the “S”, like me and my buddies used to call it, developed into something of an iconic Mid-Size Truck. Yep, that’s the story.
By the way, next time, when you’re laid back in the couch with your girlfriend, watching 2000+ movies on your TV, take a closer look at the Trucks that cool kids used to drive – you’ll see the Tacoma S Runner for sure. It was like a must-have car for all the jocks and all-around “Real Dudes”. I had my trusty 1996 Toyota Tacoma at the time – my best friend in and off the road – but even I had to admit that the S Runner had more edge and grit.
Tacoma S Runner Specs And Details
So, as I said, the 2001 Tacoma S Runner was aimed at the young-at-heart fans of good-old American Trucks. It needs to be said, that Toyota went big with the Tacoma brand in 2001. They had several varieties; by that same time, the Japanese introduced the Double Cab body style, and you had a regular 4-by-2, 4WD, the Pre-runner, as well as a special retro-like edition. That was like an exemplar niche marketing from Toyota – something for everyone.
Initially, Toyota positioned the Tacoma S Runner as a crossover truck-sports-car brand, and I didn’t really have much approval for that move – gotta admit. Fortunately, one of my best friends owned a fresh new “S”, and I took it for a spin one day. And it was nothing as I expected. The handling was great – pretty much like on a real sports car, and it was really quick. And, plus, it was still a truck, and was capable of towing 3500 lbs.
Brand New Looks Of Tacoma S Runner
In terms of appearance, the Tacoma S Runner had a more aggressive look, than its predecessor. The paint scheme was monochromic, and the side skirts were pretty low for a truck. The main colors were black and red; my friend had a black one, so, that’s how I remember it. On the inside, the S Runner was great – it had sport bucket seats and a black-on-white design. The interior was really spacious, so, you could fit in all your friends in it – like with any other solid truck. The engine was a 3.4-lit twin cam V6, that provided 190HP 220 lb-ft of torque.
Altogether, the Toyota Tacoma S Runner was a pretty damn fine car, with style, edge, and that extra “street credit”.
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