Toyota Australia has created a stylish and agile special-edition Camry RZ, loading it with a multitude of sporty features valued at more than $4,000 - but with a premium of just $2,000 over the volume-selling Altise on which it is based.
The spirited new RZ is transformed with the addition of brawny 18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels and low-profile tyres, sports suspension, twin exhausts and styling enhancements.
The striking 18-inch wheel and suspension package, developed in Australia, elevates the Camry RZ's overall handling and dynamics for people who enjoy the fundamental excitement of driving a car.
Previously available as standard on Camry Atara SX or optional on Atara SL, the dynamic package retains Camry's traditional quality and reliability while making the car more agile and responsive.
The sports suspension with 45-series rubber simultaneously provides impressive body control and ride comfort while a faster steering-gear ratio delivers a more connected driving feel.
Complementing the aggressive wheels, Camry RZ's exterior exudes a more confident style by adding a series of black enhancements - a sports-mesh radiator grille, halogen headlamp inserts, exterior mirror casings, boot-lip spoiler and rear-bumper diffuser.
The dual exhaust system lifts power to 135kW and torque to 235Nm from Camry's 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is Euro 5 certified and uses just 7.9 litres of regular unleaded fuel to travel 100km*.
Front and rear corner parking sensors plus RZ decals on the lower rear door and boot lid complete the RZ exterior upgrades.
Two gloss paint colours are available at no extra cost - diamond white or cherry. Three other premium colours - silver pearl or graphite (metallic) or eclipse black (mica) - are $450 options.
Interior appointments have been expanded to include dual-zone climate-control automatic air-conditioning, premium three-spoke steering wheel, colour 4.2-inch thin-film transistor multi-information display and RZ-branded front floor mats.
Camry RZ also gains the convenience of keyless smart entry and smart start.
Just 1,100 Camry RZ petrol sedans are being produced over a three-month period with a recommended retail price from $28,490#.
The RZ has a five-star safety rating with standard fitment of seven airbags, reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, and anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
Camry is in its 23rd consecutive year as Australia's best-selling mid-size car - an unbroken run that began in 1994.
Like every new Camry, the RZ is covered by Toyota Service Advantage with up to five standard scheduled services at $140 each during the first four years or 75,000km^ (whichever occurs first).
* Fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02 combined cycle.
# Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
^ Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 4 years or 75,000kms (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 5 services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles.