A new 2016 Toyota Camry RZ special edition has been announced this week, reviving a name last seen on the company’s mid-sized sedan almost exactly two years ago.
Based on the entry-level petrol Altise model, the 2016 Camry RZ starts at $28,490 plus on-road costs. That represents a $2000 premium over the Altise, but Toyota says the RZ boasts $4000 in added value.
Setting the Camry RZ apart from the Altise are a number of items borrowed from the up-spec Atara, including 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile 45-series rubber, along with a sports suspension tune, a faster steering-gear ratio, twin exhaust and a number of blacked-out styling elements.
Those black-accented features include the mesh grille, halogen headlight inserts, exterior mirror casings, boot-lip spoiler and rear bumper insert. There’s also RZ decals to the rear doors and boot lid, and two gloss paint colours – Diamond White and Cherry Red – are available at no extra cost.
Front and rear corner parking sensors are also included, along with keyless entry and start.
Additional features in the cabin include dual-zone climate control, ‘premium’ three-spoke steering wheel, 4.2-inch colour multi-information display in the instrument cluster, and RZ-branded front floor mats.
As with the Atara, the RZ model’s dual-exhaust package ups the 2.5-litre petrol engine’s outputs slightly, increasing from 133kW and 231Nm to 135kW and 235Nm.
And, like the other petrol Camry models, the RZ lists fuel use at 7.9L/100km.
Standard on all Camry models are seven airbags, reversing camera, stability and traction control, along with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD).
Toyota says it will limit production of the new RZ special to 1100 units over the coming three months.