On sale now from $31,990, the Toyota Camry RZ is $1500 dearer than the entry-level Camry Altise on which it's based.
Apart from being the first Camry to be available in Inferno Orange – previously reserved for the Toyota 86 and Corolla Levin ZR – the RZ special edition also gets unique black front fog light surrounds, dusk-sensing sports headlights with dark inserts, a black-accented front grille, ‘RZ’ decals, a gloss black boot-lip spoiler and larger gloss black 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16s).
Powered by a 135kW/231Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder – up 2kW on Camry Altise but down 4Nm on Atara – and claiming an unchanged combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 7.8L/100km, the Camry RZ employs the standard sedan’s six-speed automatic transmission but shares additional kit with the current Atara range.
This includes sports suspension, a sports body kit, dual exhaust system, sports combination meters, a premium three-spoke steering wheel and gear-shift knob, reverse-view camera, and a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth connectivity. Cloth seats, black interior trim and RZ-stamped front floor mats complete the package.
The new Toyota Camry RZ comes standard with Toyota’s three-year/100,000km warranty and four-year/75,000km Service Advantage program, with the first five services capped at $130 each.
Revealed earlier this year at the 2014 New York auto show, the heavily revised 2015 Toyota Camry is due to launch locally in 2015.