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by George Skentzos

It was only yesterday we reported on glimpses of a second more luxurious TRD Aurion, and now only a day later Toyota have officially unveiled their TRD Aurion line up.

The TRD Aurion range comprises of two model grades – the 3500S (Sports) and 3500SL (Sports Luxury). Both come with a venomous supercharged 3.5L V6 engine producing 241kW and 400Nm at 4000rpm mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift.

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Power is controversially sent to the front wheels, although surprisingly it is only 0.3 seconds off the XR6T with the sprint from 0-100km/h taking just 6.1 seconds.

Toyota TRD Aurion

The 3500S is strategically priced just below the luxury-car tax threshold with a price tag of $56,990, whilst the higher spec 3500SL will set you back $61,500 placing it above the threshold.

Toyota TRD Aurion

Apart from the engine, both models have TRD unique sports suspension, TRD performance brakes, TRD unique 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/35ZR19 Dunlop Sport Maxx performance tyres, TRD unique engine cover and TRD sports exhaust system with integrated exhaust outlets.

TRD Aurion 3500SL has higher specifications, including dual-zone air conditioning with push-button heater and ventilation controls, six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, Smart Entry and Push Start, and clearance and reversing sonar. Additional features over 3500S also include plum-coloured full leather seat trim, and colour-keyed (dark grey/plum) TRD leather-bound steering wheel and gearshift knob.

“We are targeting a sophisticated market with a high-quality product that balances performance, handling and technology,” David Buttner, senior executive director sales and marketing.

Later this year Toyota will introduce their second vehicle to their new performance range with the TRD HiLux. Based on a 4WD Double Cab, it will feature a supercharged 4.0-litre V6 engine that will lift power substantially over the standard engine’s 175kW.

Toyota TRD Aurion

Fans will also be pleased to hear a feasibility study is underway on a third model – no prizes if you can guess what it might be.

Expect a full review and road test of the TRD Aurion soon, but for now, check out the cars specifications:

2007 TRD Aurion major specifications

3500S

3500SL

Type

Petrol

Capacity (cc)

3456

Code/name

2GR-FE

Description

Six cylinders, 60 degree V-formation, chain-driven DOHC with roller rockers, four valves per cylinder, all alloy, cross-flow heads, cast-iron cylinder liners

Bore x stroke (mm)

94.0 x 83.0

Compression ratio

10.8:1

Fuel system

Sequential multi-point electronic port fuel injection with ACIS, hot-wire airflow meter

Fuel type

98 RON PULP

Fuel tank capacity (L)

70

Fuel economy (L/100km)*

10.9

Carbon dioxide (g/km)

257

Emission rating

Euro IV

Max. power

241kW @ 6400rpm

Max. torque

400Nm @ 4000rpm

0-100km/h (sec)

6.09

Driven wheels

Front

Transmission description

Six-speed automatic, electronically controlled with lock-up torque converter and art ificial intelligence shift control

Transmission code

U660E

Transmission control

Electronic

Gear ratios – 1st

3.300:1

2nd

1.900:1

3rd

1.420:1

4th

1.000:1

5th

0.713:1

6th

0.608:1

Reverse

4.148:1

Final drive ratio

3.685:1

Type

Rack and pinion

Operation

Power

Turns lock to lock

3.2

Front brakes

Ventilated discs, 325mm x 32mm

Front calipers

Dual-piston

Rear brakes

Ventilated discs, 310mm x 18mm

Rear calipers

Single piston

ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist

Std.

Traction Control

Std.

Vehicle Stability Control

Std.

Front

TRD unique sports suspension with increased coil spring rates and re-tuned shock absorbers, ball-joint-mounted anti-roll bar

Rear

TRD unique sports suspension with increased coil spring rates and re-tuned shock absorbers incorporating internal rebound springs, ball-joint-mounted anti-roll bar

Rims

19 x 8J alloys

Tyres

245/35ZR19 93Y

Type

Monocoque, four-door sedan

Length (mm)

4890

Width (mm)

1820

Height (mm)

1460

Wheelbase (mm)

2775

Front track (mm)

1572

Rear track (mm)

1562

Ground clearance (mm)

104

Towing capacity with trailer brakes (kg)**

1600

Towing capacity without trailer brakes (kg)**

500

Seating capacity (incl. driver)

5

Luggage capacity (L)

504




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