Quad exhaust + sporty wheels = cool car. It's just that simple.
The Toyota Camry doesn't get much play on CarBuzz because, well, it's a Camry. The last time we wrote about it was months ago, and only because Jay Leno was piloting a drag-ready version making 850 horsepower. But Toyota's venerable sedan is important to the auto industry, which is why we felt the need to share these photos from our spies. They caught what appears to be a sporty Camry testing in the wild. Yes, we said this Camry could be "sporty." How else do you explain the quad exhaust and those wheels?
A new version of the four-door is set to drop in 2017 as a 2018 model, and with the next generation comes a whole host of changes. For starters, the Camry will ride on a new platform, Toyota's TNGA-K architecture currently seen on the new Prius. TNGA-K will also underpin the new Avalon, Highlander, Sienna, Lexus RX and many more cars. In addition to the new platform the next Camry will also make use of aluminum to shed weight, although how much aluminum remains to be seen. The engine options available haven't been confirmed, but our spies expect a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired to a six-speed auto along with a 2.0-liter turbo-four and 3.6-liter V6, both of which will supposedly be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota currently offers the Camry with both a 2.5-liter four-banger and a 3.6-liter V6, although a 2.0-liter turbo and eight-speed automatic would both be new. Turbocharging and automatic transmissions with tons of gears are all the rage nowadays, so we don't find it hard to believe Toyota would bring both to the new Camry. What we do find a bit suspicious is the idea of a sports trim. The Camry has always been a bit frumpy, but that image could be ditched in a few years. Despite the heavy camo this model is wearing we can see that it'll look much different than the current car. That front end looks a bit Lexus-y to us while the rear has undergone a nice nip and tuck while picking up what look to be some LED lights.
But back to the sports trim….is such a thing even possible? Is Toyota testing a quad exhaust just to troll us? What's up with those wheels?! Whatever is up, it'll take a while to figure out. For now we're going to think about how nice the world would be if the Honda Accord Sport actually had a legit competitor from Toyota.