The 2020 Camry TRD Pro: the TRD Car We Need Now

July 9th, 2019 by

The 2020 Camry TRD Pro: the TRD Car We Need Now

We had no idea that this was something we needed, but once the pictures were released, we immediately got on board for the 2020 Toyota Camry TRD.

Everyone knows that Toyota is famous for its TRD-branded trucks, but it’s time to add sedans to that group. Let’s start from the beginning, according to Toyota:

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is Toyota’s factory-backed racing division. While TRD USA has been building go-fast parts for Toyotas since 1979, our racing legacy traces back well over two decades before that. With a history rich in motorsports, TRD engineers have continued to apply their knowledge to help enthusiasts get more performance from their vehicles, while maintaining factory levels of quality and reliability. Our TRD Pro Series vehicles are factory- tuned and built to take you way off-road. No off-the-shelf components here; our engineers spend countless hours designing, testing and tuning with passion.
Toyota announced that it’s expanding its lineup of TRD-branded vehicles with the additions of the 2020 Camry TRD along with the 2020 Avalon TRD. The Camry TRD will be a powerhouse performer thanks to its 301 horsepower DOHC 3.5-liter V6 and 8AT with sport mode and paddle shifters. The Camry TRD’s center of gravity has been lowered by 0.6 inches which means it’s a better experience for the driver while accelerating, rounding corners, and breaking. On 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.
According to Toyota, 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, Calty (Toyota’s design/research arm) gave an edgy and aggressive makeover to the new-generation Camry with 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.  Add that with the red pinstriping, red-painted brake calipers, and red TRD badging and the Camry is a force to be reckoned with on the road.

Exterior Specs

  • Camry TRD wears a unique gloss black front grille with sport mesh insert and black exterior badging
  • Two-Toned Available Colors: Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Available Single-Toned Color: Midnight Black Metallic
  • Polished stainless steel TRD exhaust tips

Interior Specs

  • The 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 start up complete the cabin upgrades

The Camry TRD will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, a suite of advanced driver-assist technologies, among these Pre-Collision Braking.

Stay tuned for more news about the Camry TRD, including a release date. Further information about the Avalon TRD will be up next!

 

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