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Impressive HP from 4.0L

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hardtaco, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Oct 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    hardtaco

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    I am really impressed with the horsepower that our 4.0L's put out. It's hard to believe that these motors put out more HP than the 5.0L Stangs, and the 5.7L Iroc Z's of yesteryear. It's almost as if a truck and a sports car got together and out came the Tacoma! I would think that if you really got on the gas at a light that you would most likely leave some stripes and smoke, although I am not into the whole burnout thing (anymore). Impressive, most impressive...........
     
  2. Oct 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    kirkofwimbo

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    It's got LSD man.....
    The 1GR-FE is indeed a great motor
     
  3. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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    Yeah, I gots boost
    Eh, I have brake launched my truck before and didn't do much more than chirp... I am running 33"s though. It's got decent power for what it is though
     
  4. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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    landphil

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    I partly agree, the 236 hp isn't bad, but the 265 ft lbs is more impressive IMHO. If only the fuel economy was better, at least when you aren't working it hard.
     
  5. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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    jtgroce

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    I wonder if it would even spin with TRAC...............maybe if it was off
     
  6. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    x2 ....you have more horsepower and better fuel economy plus bigger vehicles
     
  7. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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    Just as a testament to this ^, look at Subbie's 2.5l engines in their WRX's they're making 250hp with almost half the displacement in the base engine. Up to 300 for the high end engine.
     
  8. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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    I'm not very impressed by the 4.0L HP... New JK wranglers and Dodge minivans have more HP :( (hard to admit a minivan has more HP then my 2012 tacoma)
     
  9. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM
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    Yeah but the minivan doesn't have A-TRAC
     
  10. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM
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    Annnddd enter Debbie Downer...


    :argue:
     
  11. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM
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    I've never driven the new Wranglers and don't know the specs on them but I've often heard they were under powered. :confused: And I wouldn't think they would be heavier than the Tacoma. What about the torque numbers?
     
  12. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    Oh really? Have you noticed the Hilux sold overseas has a measily 140ish horsepower?

    I hate the emphasis on horsepower in trucks, across all manufacturers in the US. It shows why people in this country buy trucks, and it's not because they need trucks. Anyone doing work with a pickup knows torque and gearing matter way more.
     
  13. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    You had to bring up the Hilux
     
  14. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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    Some trucks are built for doing work. I just wish they sold them here in North America, that's all.

    The 4.0 is a fantastic petro motor. I'm just sick of talking about horsepower, because that's not the metric that matters in a truck. Want horsepower? Mustangs and Camaros are right over there, and the top trim units with the big V8s clock in right around the same price as our trucks. Shitloads of horsepower. Good luck towing with them.
     
  15. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    Agreed. Heck, I'd be driving a 22re powered double cab solid axle 4x4 Hilux if I had the option for reasonable money. I bought the tacoma because I could get it for about the same or less $$ and don't want a RHD.
     
  16. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    you know they both use the same motor right? the minivan is also meant to haul 7 people and all of their shit, i'd hope it has some good horsepower to be doing that all day..
     
  17. Oct 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM
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    Yeah, I gots boost
    A guy I work with has a new Wrangler... It is VERY underpowered. It can't get out of its own way on the freeway which is the only place most wranglers will ever see
     
  18. Oct 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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    I don't see the 4.0L as impressive anymore.

    In 2005 it was a great engine.

    2008 it was ok.

    2010+ it was in need of a change, and got it in the 4runner.

    The dual VVT-i engine should be in the Tacoma to bring it up to date, I have no idea why Toyota would continue to use such old technology when they have a very similar engine with more power and MPG in another vehicle.
     
  20. Oct 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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    Even with good tires you really have to take it easy with these trucks. I've spun the wheels more than once pulling out into traffic and barely had my foot on the gas. Of coarse the light back end doesn't help matters...:rolleyes:
     
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