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    The Double Cab is claimed to offer more room than Japanese dual cabs.

AUSTRALIAN demand for Toyota's Tundra - the full-sized, American-built ute - sees Queensland-based Performax about to...

... convert the machines for local roads. Performax has for more than 20 years time converted left-hand drive American machinery - Corvettes, Camaros and Chevrolet Silverados among them. Now the Gympie crowd are to add the Tundra to the list, promoted by growing interest in the Texas-built utes.

"Over the past year or so we have experienced an ever-increasing amount of enquiries in regards to the Toyota Tundra," says Performax sales manager, Kevin Thoroughgood.

"We have responded accordingly. We're currently completing R&D and hope to have compliance by the end of the year."

Performax will focus mainly on the 5.7 litre V8 4x4 Double Cab, or what we know as an Extended Cab, and the 4x4 Crewmax Limited. These put out 280kW and 544Nm of torque enough to tow up to 4717kg.

The Toyotas sit almost two metres high and six metres long on a 3700mm wheelbase with 260mm ground clearance.

Thorough good says customers can special order vehicles or, if importing other models into Australia themselves. "We will be able to provide them with sourcing and shipping assistance and will be authorized to convert their vehicle to RHD with full compliance."

The Double, or Extended, Cab is claimed to offer more room than Japanese dual cabs while the Crew Max is bigger again and includes a 'slide-and-recline' rear seat.

The 2011 Tundras run with a trailer-sway control system, stability control system and automatic limited slip differential. There's front, side and curtain airbags plus options from Bluetooth connectivity to reversing camera and 'Power Thigh Support'.

Queensland ute racer and Grove Juice boss Greg Willis already has a Tundra for work and play. He's fitted a bit of ARB gear including a lift kit, imported some US accessories, re-tyred it and supercharged the V8 with a TRD blower.

Willis has explored the Birdsville corner with four adults aboard, says the Tundra was a dream. "And it's just fun to drive every day."

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  • Needs to be V8 turbo diesel.

    Dirt Settler of WA Posted on 22 December 2013 4:48pm
  • I live in zambia and want to know address were I could order a 4x4 top of range v8 tundra right hand drive preferably diesel with all extras for towing my boat .thanks Robert Kraljic

    Robert Kraljic of lusaka Posted on 27 September 2013 6:09am
  • i am also keen to buy a right hand driver tundra.Could you forward the contact details to me as well as i want to ship it to South Africa

    mogamat of south africa Posted on 17 March 2013 5:59am
  • Is diesel an option in any country? I looked at the Toyota US web site, and couldn't find a diesel configuration. I think your stuck with a 5.7l V8 with 381 hp @ 5600 rpm; 401 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

    Massa of Australia Posted on 03 March 2013 3:55pm
  • Hi, We are also interested in buying a Toyota Tundra 4X4 diesel and having it converted to RHD. Could you please give me the contact in Queensland to find out costs etc. Regards, Garry

    Garry Rasmussen of Jondaryan Queensland Posted on 12 February 2013 12:33pm
  • Hey guys how about looking seriously at bringing in a V8 Diesel version of the Tundra. Serious 4x4 owners that tow gear off road are the high end users of Diesel powered vehicles. Any chance of a guide to the price on the extended cab.

    Don and Vicki Kern of Chinchilla Qld Posted on 30 December 2012 2:36pm
  • I would love to buy one today but really want a diesel as petrol is not an option over here

    Ron solly of Western Australia Perth Posted on 29 November 2012 3:52pm
  • Hi all, as the artilce states, Performax International is importing these vehicles, converting them using state of the art processes and retailing them. If you want info about these vehicles they are the people to contact.

    Gavin Robertson Posted on 28 November 2012 10:05am
  • Hi Francesco I am interested in importing and converting a Tundra. How do I goabout it. Can you contact me with your details.

    Hugh Wheeler of Pambula Beach NSW Posted on 18 November 2012 12:15pm
  • Hey francesco would like more info please about the Tundra and conversion Please!!

    steve of melbourne Posted on 06 September 2012 12:00am
  • Saw my first awsome looking twin cab Tundra today in Sylvania, Sydney. Very long & high. Looks great, with it's 5.7L badge on the side. At first I thought that it was a new Ford "F" series. I trust that the Oz conversion company will include Toyota's 4.4 turbo diesel as an option & not just be restricted to the 5.7L petrol guzzler !

    Nev of Sylvania, Southgate NSW. Posted on 28 August 2012 9:34am
  • Francesco of Sydney: How much did you pay all up, import and conversion? have you got the truck yet?

    Richard of Adelaide Posted on 23 August 2012 8:56am
  • What is price to convert

    Steve of Sydney Posted on 19 July 2012 7:28pm
  • Do do these things in a 6 seater?

    Matty of Bendigo Posted on 05 June 2012 11:20pm
  • My Tundra crewmax now has 35000kms on it I have driven it from Qld to WA and towed a caravan from Perth to Broome and back with ease and good fuel mileage. Totally happy with the car and loves being on the open road.

    Richard Alexander of Perth WA Posted on 05 June 2012 12:02am
  • I have just bought one in West Africa, only $28,000 (LHD) great car to drive, heaps of power with the 5.7l and 20MPG. Would love to have one in Australia as it would really suit a lot of applications there for travelling and 4wheel driving. Only come in petrol and i suppose you could build a tray if you need one

    Nev T of Ghana West Africa Posted on 30 May 2012 6:16am
  • HI Guys, I have imported one myself and it is just about to get converted.....this is a great truck, and will look perfect on the Aussie road. If you need any info please let me know your email address and we can chat. thanks Francesco

    Francesco of Sydney Posted on 27 May 2012 11:16am
  • Can they be fitted with a trayback?

    Julie Penola of Mackay Posted on 24 May 2012 12:06am
  • What would be the cost to convert a Tundra vehicle to RHD with full compliance and do they run on diesel or petrol. How long would it take to convert?

    Will of sydney (central coast) Posted on 17 January 2012 3:44pm
  • Are they available in australia now and where can i enquire about one?

    burto of Australia Posted on 01 January 2012 10:46pm
  • Awesome ute.

    Sumpguard Posted on 04 November 2011 12:09pm
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