• Nov 3, 2010
Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Also at the Toyota booth here at the SEMA Show in Vegas, in addition to the pumped-up Prius Plus and the Swagger Wagon Supreme, was the NASCAR-bred, V8-powered, two-door, rear-wheel-drive Camry concept by RK Customs and the equally impressive Tacoma RTR concept.

Both of these machines were created to prove that Toyota can make high-quality performance vehicles, and they rely on their racing heritage to make that statement. Each is powered by a V8 engine; in the case of the Camry, a 358 cubic inch TRD NASCAR powerplant producing 680 horsepower, and as for the Tacoma, a supercharged 5.7-liter with 504 horses lies underhood. You can see each race-bred, red and white street machine in our high-res galleries below.




Live photos copyright ©2010 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it Solara I'll buy one used in 6-7 years for 12k
      • 4 Years Ago
      Imagine pulling up next to this at the stop light, chuckling and thinking to yourself "f'king ricer", only to have the light turn green, yo go for gold and then you hear the bark of this thing for about 0.2 seconds and then it epically owns you in a cloud of smoke and evaporated rubber......
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Both of these machines were created to prove that Toyota can make high-quality performance vehicles"

      and yet they are holding out on us. That's evil.

      "Performance? Yeah, we can do that. Oh, you mean you wanted buy a performance car from us...hmm...have you seen our underpowered/over priced concept (now a Scion)?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking along the same lines. But then I remembered that can does not mean will and that has a lot to do with corporate accountants and marketing/planning and what the tolerable level of risk is for a company like Toyota. Engineering is usually capable given the proper resources.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now only if it was RWD in real life production I think all of us would be interested in test driving on and possibly buying a Toyota again for performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Both of these machines were created to prove that Toyota can make high-quality performance vehicles, and they rely on their racing heritage to make that statement."

      I think no one questioned whether Toyota could make performance vehicles. We're more concerned about WHEN will Toyota make performance vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 2-Door Camry doesn't look all at that bad from the side.

      The only parts that really stood out that I didn't like or looked out of place, was the rear end and the steering wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The shape of the coupe is pretty good, wouldn't mind it at all since it looks better than the Accord Coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny there are no Toyota parts in Nascar! Just stickers and money. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh what? What part of "358 cubic inch TRD NASCAR powerplant" don't you understand? The cars, and their components are built by TRD to NASCAR specifications. Therefore, everything on a NASCAR Toyota race car, is in fact, a Toyota component (excluding the suspension and brakes which are outsourced to Eibach and Baer).
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME ... i'm digging the TRD Camry and RTR Tacoma heaps, they look excellant.

      For those who might be interested ... google 'TRD Aurion' and 'TRD Hilux' - 2 modified vehicles TRD Australia done about 2 yrs ago. Unfortunately because of the GFC, TRD Oz closed shop but during thier short lived carnation in Australia they beefed up 2 local models.

      The Aurion is a subtle Australian redesign of the V6 Camry and TRD supercharged the engine and enhanced the suspension, brakes and body work to create the edition. Powerout put was lifted from 200kw / 268hp to 241kw/323hp.

      As for the venerable Hilux, TRD modified the Lux which included supercharging the 4.0 V6 and modifying the suspension, brakes and bodywork. Output was lifted from 178kw / 238hp to 225kw / 302hp.

      Be sure to check 'em out as i'm sure most viewers will like what TRD done in this part of the world particularly the TRD Aurion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well they made the LFA...
      i dun mind seein the next solera...just becomes a camry coupe...

      ya.. i agree with above... now how abt that supra...
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAN.... I would sooooooooo rock that Camry !


      Seein the two door camry makes me wonder why it isnt in production.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @miketim: of course they will keep calling it "turd", or "tard", or "stupid F150 just cut me up". It's human nature.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I knew that... I like the Solara and its a decent car.

        But I rather the Camry coupe name instead.

        http://www.productioncars.com/send_file.php/ad_toyota_camry_coupe_red_1994.jpg


        This TRD Camry coupe in the pic looks great.. like production ready. They should produce it and make it look just like this one. Dont remember the last time I saw a Maxima, Sonata, Accord tuned as powerful as this. Like I said before Toyota needs to make more use of TRD on their vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2 door Camry = Solara (current Solara, just not updated yet)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if that camry coupe is built upon the last gen solara platform. anything above the beltline has the solara shape and the interior is definitely solara. if only they make the solara rwd w/ the v6 and looks like above
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