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Old 01-11-2006, 04:52 AM   #1
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Above pictured is an SE, sport kit, suspension, etc... the real highlight is the optional engine: 3.5-liter V6, dual VVTi, twin cam, 4 valves per cylinder, 268 hp at 6,200 rpm, 248 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm. Paired with a 6-speed auto. Probably will be about as fast as the Avalon, which places the 0-60 times in the very low 6-second range and the 1/4th in about 14.5 @ 100mph.

Well, this soulless appliance makes a lot of the "sporting" cars I've been considering look hamster-powered in comparison. Of course straight-line speed isn't everything but even I'm a bit taken aback by all these powerful mainstream cars: Sonata 235, Accord 244, Altima 245, and now this.

(Btw, that is a nearly 80-hp gain from one generation V-6 Camry to the next. You'd have to wait about 20 years to get that sort of power bump from a make like Porsche)
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:15 AM   #2
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Is it just me, or does that car have a massive front overhang?
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:35 AM   #3
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:21 AM   #4
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Is it just me, or does that car have a massive front overhang?
I bet you can blame pedestrian protection standards for that--though is new Camry going to be offered in the EU? Is the current Camry offered there? Dunno.


God damn, what a boring car. Nice engine, though.
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:02 AM   #5
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Is it just me, or does that car have a massive front overhang?
i think it's just the angle (same one for both pics)
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:21 AM   #6
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[(Btw, that is a nearly 80-hp gain from one generation V-6 Camry to the next.
Are you accounting for the Japaense "loss" of HP in the new rating method?
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:24 AM   #7
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toyota obviously is taking some cues from Nissan.
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:29 AM   #8
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OMG, from the front tires back that thing looks like our accord.
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Old 01-11-2006, 09:36 AM   #9
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At least they went back one generation to get their styling cues. The outgoing version looks worse than boring.
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Old 01-11-2006, 10:17 AM   #10
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At least they went back one generation to get their styling cues. The outgoing version looks worse than boring.
I agree. Its sad that the mid-90s Camry looks newer and fresher than the last 2 generations...

But they are all still boring toasters...
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