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Toyota unveils two more SEMA creations

Supra gets a sport top and Tacoma pickup bed becomes off-road trailer

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Back in early November, when the annual SEMA Show extravaganza was replaced by the online SEMA360 event, Toyota revealed “wave one” of the work of its in-house aftermarket workshop.

And now, as a present for the year-end holiday season, the company and the elves at Toyota Racing Development share the second wave of SEMA vehicles.

Sport Top is a targa-style roof system

Perhaps most interesting for the most people is the 2021 GR Supra Sport Top. Think targa-style roof for the Supra sports coupe.

“Inspired by the overwhelming response to the GR Supra Heritage Edition that debuted last year, Toyota set out to dream up a fitting companion,” the company said. “Conceptualizing an open-air tribute to removable-top Supra models of the past, the team put much thought into the unprecedented task of removing the roof and a significant part of the GR Supra’s structure. 

“The crew ensured structural rigidity by reinforcing large sections of the vehicle’s frame. The now iconic removeable roof includes two composite panels that can be stored in the car’s trunk. Unlike a ’T-Top’ car, there is no center bar down the middle, just open air as far as the eye can see. 

“As a sibling to the GR Supra Heritage Edition, the Sport Top delivers similar styling cues like the MKIV-inspired basket handle wing and round taillights.  At the same time, it has a striking profile all its own that includes a sexy black piano-finish canopy over the top.”

Tacoma pickup truck bed customized into sport trailer

Also showcased in the second wave is the TRD-Sport trailer, which is based on the bed from a Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup truck.

“Overlanding’s growing popularity inspired the Toyota team to think outside the box, as they sought to make a true overland trailer out of a Tacoma pickup bed,” the company said. “The truly over-the-top TRD-Sport Trailer concept serves as a base camp to extend adventurers’ off-highway fun while being pulled by a Toyota truck or SUV. 

“It features a remote-operated scissor-lift that raises an innovative platform several feet out of the bed. There’s a Yakima four-person tent with an awning and fly fishing-pole holders, a custom-built toilet and trash can, a refrigerator, a hot water heater, fresh and gray water holding tanks, a slide-out sink and stove, and efficient campsite lighting. 

“And that’s just getting started, as the details and campsite features are nearly endless.”

Our wave one reveals whet Toyota fans’ appetite with four creations – a bold, hand-painted GR Supra, two GR Supra drift cars, and an outrageous overlanding-ready Tacoma pickup,” Ed Laukes, Toyota Division marketing group vice president, is quoted in the company’s news release. “But we saved the best for last, and today we’re proud to show off our latest creations.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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