Toyota Camry and Avalon get the TRD treatment

Donna Miller
November 18, 2018

Thanks to a cat-back dual exhaust, that engine should sound more impressive than before.

Toyota clearly doesn't want to alienate its core customers and it is unlikely that many owners will be taking their Avalon or Camry TRD to the track so an auto and 301 hp should do just fine.

The underbody is thicker for increased torsional rigidity and the coil springs are lowered by 0.6 inches for optimised center of gravity.

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Bridgestone Potenza summer tires wrap around 19-inch black wheels that are lighter than the Avalon XSE model's wheels.

The bigger front brakes with 12.9-inch diameter rotors and dual-piston calipers are said to ensure more direct feedback. A gloss black front grille gets a sport mesh insert, while polished stainless steel TRD exhaust tips close out the rear. The wheels have a matte black finish and each one weighs 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg) less than the standard 19-inch wheels found on the Camry XSE. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which features a sport mode and paddle shifters. Two-toned Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, or Celestial Silver Metallic paint is available, or Midnight Black Metallic, and the exterior badging is finished in black. Red trim is the name of the game inside, with faux-suede inserts and red accents for the seats along with red stitching throughout the cabin.

Toyota Safety Sense-P - which includes pre-collision braking and other driver assistance tech - will be standard on both cars. Beyond that, an aerodynamic body kit adds a special front splitter, side aero skirts, a rear diffuser, and trunk lid spoiler. Toyota says both TRD cars will be limited in number, too, though hasn't detailed exactly how many there'll be. The expertise is now brought into the sedan lineup as the regular Camry and Avalon are tuned to have greater agility, precision and body control with captivating design and everyday use.

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