Toyota Sienna Obliterates 10 Race-Prepped Muscle and Sports Cars

Published July 6, 2016

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We have recently brought you a in which we pitted 10 classic muscle cars against modern minivans like Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona and Honda Odyssey. Or at least we compared respective vehicles’ 0 to 60 acceleration times. Although it’s like comparing apples and oranges, it was still a fun read we’d bet. And to show you that today’s minivans actually do stand the chance against new muscle, sports, and even supercars, we have decided to go all modern on you this time.


It wasn’t us, in fact. We all have Toyota team and Andrew Lund to thank for. Being chief engineer for the Toyota Sienna program, he and his team decided to conduct a little experiment. They decided to pit their Toyota Sienna SE against some of the most renowned muscle and sports cars, and this year’s One Lap of America was a perfect venue for that. Although already fast, Sienna SE was additionally tuned in order to compete with the likes of Viper, Mustang, GT-R, 911, etc.

 was chosen to tune the minivan, and they have done a remarkable job. Their R-Tuned Toyota Sienna was fitted with a cage, racing seats, adjustable race suspension, OS Giken differential, and intake/exhaust combo. Furthermore, it received unique Kaminari carbon hood, Bridgestone tires and lightweight 18-inch Enkei RPF1 wheels to hold them. Apart from the aforementioned, and custom graphics and decals, minivan is more or less stock. Most importantly, engine is pure Toyota Sienna SE stock 3.5L V6.

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Of course, all of this probably wouldn’t have been enough against most of the cars minivan has been pitted against. That’s why Toyota team went to Craig Stanton for help. When you browse through the list and see which cars Stanton managed to beat with this minivan, you’ll know what kind of difference professional driver behind the wheel brings to the table. Here’s the recap video of the event as a bonus.


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10. 2013 Dodge Viper GTS

The fact that One Lap of America lasts for the entire week, and is being driven across different tracks means that there’s often diverse weather involved in the mix. That’s exactly what helped Stanton and his minivan to beat the serpent. Viper’s rear-wheel power and dry tires didn’t really stick well with wet surface, while Sienna’s Bridgestones thrived in such condition. All in all, 640-horsepower V10 beast was unable to cope with Sienna’s traction and Stanton’s cornering ability, so it came in behind.



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9. 2015 Corvette Z06

Corvette didn’t fare any better than the Viper. It too ended up in R-Tuned Sienna’s rearview mirror. It seems even 650 horsepower doesn’t mean a thing when you have the right man behind the wheel of slightly tuned 8-seater.



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8. 2012 BMW 335i

Even German cars have tried and failed to beat the Toyota Sienna minivan. Turbocharged straight-six with 300 horses and corresponding amount of feet-pounds of torque was obviously no match for Toyota’s special minivan. Maybe it was due to way too laid-back driver, but everyone enlisting in One Lap of America knows how to drive – that’s for sure.



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7. 2013 Nissan GT-R

Although a number of Nissans actually managed to defeat Stanton’s minivan, this one didn’t. In fact, the GT-R didn’t even finish the race due to powertrain problems. On the other hand, Toyota Sienna never displayed any problems throughout the seven days of One Lap of America. It might be unfair towards the poor GT-R, but hey – tough luck, it lost.



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6. 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

CLS63 AMG might be one of the most comfortable ways of traversing One Lap of America’s no man’s land between different race tracks, but it wasn’t good enough to beat R-Tuned minivan. Even more than 500 horsepower isn’t enough when you have stock suspension on your car. One simply can’t negate cornering abilities of professional driver like Craig Stanton with that kind of a setup.



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5. 2006 Roush 427R Trak Pak Mustang

There’s hardly a better track-prepped Mustang than Roush 427R Trak Pak. 435 horsepower engine, racing brakes and adjustable suspension promised for an insurmountable challenge for our minivan. It wasn’t to be like that, however, as Stanton’s 200-inch long Sienna SE came up on top.



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4. 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Even the likes of Porsche 911 GT3 RS weren’t able to cope with R-Tuned Sienna’s specs and Stanton’s driving skills. As it was the case with many cars these early days in May, Porsche too hadn’t exactly thrived on wet surface. Stanton had exploited that to his advantage and beaten the Porsche with ease. Moreover, this wasn’t the only Porsche to fall to his Toyota Sienna during those seven days.



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3. 2004 Cadillac CTS-V

It might not be as fast as the new models, but even 2004 CTS-V should have had abundance of power to beat the minivan with ease. Well, it didn’t. It might be its monstrous curb weight or lack of skill on its driver’s part, but it certainly wasn’t the lack of power. No matter – Sienna taught it a lesson Cadillac will never forget.



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2. 1998 BMW M3

The oldest car that tried to beat our Sienna SE on this list, and the oldest one that failed to do so. Even though it’s almost two decades old, BMW M3 is one hell of a machine. Bavarian maker’s prestigious M sport badge usually strikes fear into opponents’ hearts, but Stanton stood strong. So strong in fact, that he didn’t allow BMW  to overtake him at any moment.



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1. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

We have left the best for the end, of course, and we aren’t joking. Craig Stanton has managed to accomplish the impossible by beating one of the fastest supercars around with his hulking minivan. And all that on track. That really is a remarkable feat. More so when you figure out Porsche 918 Spyder packs close to 900 horsepower. Driver probably didn’t want to risk his $850,000 darling and raced it way too soft, but still. Question now is whether he should have bought 20 such R-Tuned Sienna SE minivans instead of the Porsche?




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Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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