Toyota Tundra 2022: Performance Testing, Upgrades, Tuning Options

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Toyota Tundra 2022
Toyota Tundra 2022

Toyota revealed the redesigned Tundra for the 2022 model year, marking a significant departure from its exclusive V6 engine lineup. Built on the TNGA-F platform shared with the Tacoma and 4Runner, the full-size truck is offered solely with V6 powertrains. Notably, the top-tier variant, the i-FORCE MAX, features hybrid assistance via a small electric motor.

The hybrid setup integrates an electric motor within the bell housing between the V6 engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission. This arrangement provides additional power, particularly at lower speeds, enhancing the whole performance.

With the codename V35A-FTS, the V6 engine delivers varying outputs across trim levels, ranging from 348 to 389 horsepower. However, the i-FORCE MAX hybrid system significantly boosts performance, elevating horsepower to a robust 437 and torque to 583 pound-feet.

Toyota Tundra 2022
Toyota Tundra 2022 (Credit: Hennessey on YouTube)

Recent tests by Hennessey Performance Engineering revealed drivetrain losses slightly higher than anticipated. While the Tundra TRD Pro exhibited respectable power figures, off-road-oriented features, and all-terrain tires contributed to these losses.

Despite potential disappointments in power delivery, enthusiasts anticipate upgrades from Hennessey Performance Engineering for the Tundra TRD Pro. While details remain scarce, modifications are expected to enhance performance and aesthetics, possibly including software tuning for engine and transmission control modules.

Moreover, aftermarket options like the Burger Motorsports JB4 chip tuner offer further performance enhancements without compromising drivability. With such upgrades, enthusiasts can augment the Tundra’s capabilities to suit their preferences and driving style.

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