Toyota Claims Its SEMA Sienna Can Beat a Camaro SS

Gallery SEMA Sienna Photo 5

The 300+ hp people hauler has a race suspension, sticky tires and is 800 pounds lighter than stock

The claim is outrageous even by the standards of the SEMA show: Toyota says a specially tuned Sienna minivan can beat a Camaro SS around a race track. Specifically, the Sienna lapped The Streets of Willow in 1:27 and the Camaro SS did it in 1:28.

Is this a troll?

No, says Toyota.

Toyota Technical Center collaborated with DG-Spec to make the Sienna a screamer. The otherwise bland minivan got:

Nitto NT-01 275/40R18 tires on Enkei RPF1 wheels, 18×10 in front and 18×9 in back

Carbotech XP12 racing brake pads

DG-Spec double-adjustable coilovers in front and double-adjustable shocks rear

Vogland Racing springs

DG-Spec Custom Cold Air Intake and cat-back exhaust

…and a bunch of other stuff, but that’s the gist of it.

The Camaro SS just got…the Camaro SS. But still, Chevy’s pride and joy gets a 455-hp 6.2-liter V8, man. And its handling is nothing to sneeze at. So how could a minivan possibly beat it?

“It’s hard to believe until you drive it,” said driver/PR guy Dan Gardner, who piloted the craft at Streets with fellow professional racer Craig Stanton. “We had two drivers, multiple laps and we even drove the Camaro in the cooler, better conditions.”

Granted, the Toyota team spent a lot of time tuning the soccer-kid-hauler. The adjustable shocks adjust 19 ways on jounce and 15 on rebound, so there was a lot of experimentation there. The team also lightened the minivan by about 800 pounds worth of seats, insulation, headliner and things like that.

But why should we believe it when Toyota makes such an outrageous claim? We don’t have to… yet. We, the press, have been promised some laps in January around the same track with the same cars. So maybe we’ll see then. In the meantime, these are the kinds of things you see at the SEMA show. 

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