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A Question of Lust: Toyota Unwraps the Camry and Avalon TRD

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You’ve seen teasers all week, suffered by means of breathless commentary from NASCAR drivers, nevertheless it’s lastly time. The large day has arrived. On Friday, Toyota pulled the remaining wraps off its Camry TRD and Avalon TRD, highlighting the features of its tricked-out sedans forward of their official debut at the LA Auto Present.

Jokes apart, the TRD remedy utilized to this pair is extra than simply an look improve, even when consumers aren’t the recipient of further ponies. Positioned as an aspirational mannequin for many who need extra from their smart, entrance-drive sedan, the TRD duo is designed to carry the street and cease quicker. They’re additionally made to attract eyes to 2 fashions that, regardless of their heritage, stay simply as weak to altering consumer tastes as different sedans.

However are these actually “the monitor-tuned sedans that fanatics have been asking for,” as Toyota claims?

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I’d hazard a guess that the look of Toyota’s racing arm in the mainstream passenger car area is extra more likely to sway an already dedicated Camry or Avalon intender into upgrading, relatively than bringing in outdoors consumers. An upsell by way of the eyes and ears, if you’ll.

The modifications bestowed upon the new-for-2018 Camry and new-for-2019 Avalon in TRD spec are many. They embrace upgraded brakes with 12.9-inch entrance rotors and pink, twin-piston binders (apparently borrowed, sans paint, from the Sienna minivan, as per Bozi Tatarevic), with 12-inch/single-piston binders in the rear.

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Energy in each sedans comes by method of an untouched three.5-liter V6 producing the similar 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque you’ll discover in inventory, non-hybrid Avalons and greater-finish Camrys. Sport mode and paddle shifters come as half of the package deal, not that the latter feature stands to see a lot use. The one transmission is, apparently, a equally unmolested eight-velocity automated — a unit your writer finds fault with for laggy downshifts.

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As soon as these ponies begin charging, you’ll at the very least hear them. In contrast to the questionable, audio-enhanced engine growl (I by no means observed a lot of one) in the Avalon XSE, these rides profit from a cat-again exhaust for a extra menacing aural expertise.

Improved roadholding comes by approach of half-inch wider, 19×eight.5-inch wheels shod with Bridgestone Potenza 235/40R19 summer time rubber, with new, stiffer springs bringing a zero.6-inch discount in journey peak. These springs pair with beefier entrance and rear sway bars, TRD shocks, and enhanced underbody bracing for decreased roll and bolstered physique stiffness. Simply how stiff these legs are off the monitor stays to be seen.

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In fact, no bystander’s more likely to discover these chassis upgrades on the road, however the aero enhancements detailed already on these pages will get their consideration. The physique package utilized to each fashions features a entrance splitter, aspect aero skirts, trunk lid spoiler (mercifully low-profile on the Avalon), and rear diffuser. Purple-line TRD strips underscore the add-ons each inside and out. And simply take a look at these pink seatbelts. Definitely, no passenger will be capable of miss the TRD badge stitched or stamped onto numerous interior surfaces, and there’s even a trunk mat to remind them of the car’s distinctive nature.

Paint decisions complete 4: Supersonic Purple, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic, with the first three shades coming in a two-tone format on the Camry.

Whereas Toyota doesn’t record a price for these two beasts, anticipate the TRD remedy to run no less than a further three grand on prime of the XSE trim. Availability is available in the fall of 2019, when each automobiles land as 2020 fashions.

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