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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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94.0 x 83.0
Sequential multi-point electronic port fuel injection with ACIS, hot-wire airflow meter
98 RON PULP
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241kW @ 6400rpm
400Nm @ 4000rpm
Six-speed automatic, electronically controlled with lock-up torque converter and art ificial intelligence shift control
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Rack and pinion
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Ventilated discs, 325mm x 32mm
Ventilated discs, 310mm x 18mm
|ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist|
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TRD unique sports suspension with increased coil spring rates and re-tuned shock absorbers, ball-joint-mounted anti-roll bar
TRD unique sports suspension with increased coil spring rates and re-tuned shock absorbers incorporating internal rebound springs, ball-joint-mounted anti-roll bar
19 x 8J alloys
Monocoque, four-door sedan
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