2020 Toyota Camry TRD Is Red Hot and Ready to Roll
Amy Plemons | September 12, 2019
2020 Toyota Camry TRD. Credit: Toyota
Toyota Camry fans looking for a little more sportiness in their lives are about to have their prayers answered. Toyota’s developed the first-ever Camry TRD with its Toyota Racing Development team. The important thing here is that it’s not just sportier looks (and they are sizzling in our opinion!) we are talking about. The red pin striping, red painted brake calipers, and red TRD badging - why those are easy. In this case, the TRD badge means something and that’s actual sporty performance-oriented chops.
Toyota Camry TRD
TRD badge is of course known for its hardcore, off-road-ready Toyota pickups and SUVs. For the Camry that means track-tuned performance and handling upgrades. The model is based on the Camry SE and adds the exclusive TRD chassis enhancements and tuning.
It’s powered by a 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic with sport mode and paddle shifters. Toyota says it the V6 breathes easier with a specially-tuned cat-back dual exhaust, giving both models a throatier idle and acceleration sound.
A track-tuned Camry you say? Yep. Toyota says TRD engineers developed the dynamic characteristics through extensive testing at Toyota Arizona Proving Ground, TMC Higashi-Fuij Proving Ground (Japan), and MotorSport Ranch (Cresson, Texas).
Thicker underbody braces increase torsional rigidity and unique coil springs lower both vehicles by 0.6 inches for a reduced center of gravity. Specially tuned shock absorbers and 19 x 8.5 inch matte black alloy wheels complete a suspension package that improves body control, handling agility, and steering precision. The front brakes are larger with 12.9-inch diameter rotors and dual-piston calipers compared to 12.0-inch rotors and single piston calipers found on XSE grades. Brake performance was also tuned to provide more direct feedback, matching the sporty dynamics of the vehicle.
Calty gave Camry TRD striking aero elements, taking advantage of the edgier designs of the new-generation Camry and aggressive stance of the TRD-modified chassis. The aerodynamic body kit, which includes the front splitter, side aero skirts, trunk lid spoiler, and rear diffuser, blends a bold styling element and improves high-speed vehicle stability to aid in driver confidence.
The Camry TRD, the matte-black 19 x 8.5-inch alloy wheels are a half-inch wider, yet 3.1 pounds lighter (each) than the 19 x 8.0-inch alloy wheels on the XSE grade. Paired with standard Bridgestone Potenza 235/40R19 summer tires, this combination reduces unsprung mass, increases lateral grip, and quickens turn-in response.
Camry’s chassis is further enhanced with stiffer coil springs and front/rear sway bars for increased roll stiffness of 44% in the front and 67% in the rear. To compliment spring changes, a unique set of TRD shock absorbers were developed to control vehicle vertical and roll movement while maintaining on-road TRD ride quality.
In addition to the TRD aero body features, designers gave the Camry TRD a unique gloss black front grille with sport mesh insert and black exterior badging. Color choices include Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic — all three of which are two-toned — and Midnight Black Metallic. Polished stainless steel TRD exhaust tips on the catback exhaust complete the exterior makeover.
Inside, the Camry TRD cabin is decked out with Black Sport SofTex-trimmed front seats with fabric inserts, red accents and red-stitched TRD embroidered headrests. The leather-wrapped steering wheel also has red stitching, and even the seatbelts are red. A shift knob with an embossed TRD logo, along with unique TRD floor and trunk mats, and a TRD MID visual startup complete the cabin upgrades.
The Camry TRD sedan comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, a suite of advanced driver-assist technologies, which includes Pre-Collision Braking.
The 2020 Camry TRD will MSRP for $31,040. The TRD package is also offered on the Avalon that’s already on sale.
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