Date posted: 08-28-2007
MELBOURNE, Australia — In a country where the rev heads are polarized supporters of either Ford's hot Falcons or GM Holden's super-quick performance Commodores, Toyota seems an unlikely contender in the local supercar stakes.
But, five years in the making, the most powerful and most expensive new Toyota ever seen in Australia has hit the streets. It is the supercharged Toyota Racing Development Aurion sedan (the Aussie version of the Camry). The TRD Aurion is the first model from Toyota's ambitious new special vehicle division in Australia, which is the only nation in which TRD exists as a separate vehicle brand under Toyota.
Powered by a supercharged version of the Aurion's 3.5-liter DOHC alloy V6 engine, it delivers 323 horsepower at 6,500 rpm (a 20 percent increase) and a healthy 295 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Toyota says more than 221 lb-ft of torque is available between 1,250 rpm and redline, and that at 1,800 rpm the TRD engine matches the normally aspirated Aurion's 248-lb-ft torque peak. The performance improvements come thanks to a new Eaton TVS (Twin Vortices Series) supercharger, which makes its world production-car debut in the TRD Aurion.
That makes the TRD Aurion the world's most powerful front-wheel-drive model and the most powerful normally aspirated six-cylinder engine in its class. And it's pretty quick, too, with an official 0-62-mph acceleration time of 6.09 seconds and a standing quarter-mile of about 14.2 seconds.
Pricing starts at the equivalent of U.S. $46,840 for the 3500S and rises to U.S. $50,560 for the flagship 3500SL.
What this means to you: Now that's sticking it to the Falcons and Commodores. Typical for the global high achiever that is Toyota.