The new TRD Next Gen model is ready to race with 670 hp on tap.
If you want a sporty sedan from an established brand, you can't do much better than the Toyota Camry TRD. Far from the staid Camrys seen in years gone by, we went as far as to call it the best Camry ever. The TRD has also proven to be a hit on the sales charts.
But Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) have just taken the covers off a much more extreme version of the Camry sedan. This is the Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen that will do battle on the track next year as part of the Nascar Cup Series (NCS). With up to 670 horsepower and flamboyant styling, this Camry is set to make its debut at the 2022 Daytona 500. Toyota, of course, has a well-established Nascar presence with previous Camrys and racing versions of the Tundra and Supra.
According to Toyota, the TRD Camry Next Gen has been designed to resemble its production equivalent more closely than ever before, although it's clear which one is going to turn more heads.
"There has been a substantial amount of work put into the Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen car by all of our partners, but specifically everyone at TRD and Calty Design," said Paul Doleshal. He is the group manager of motorsports and assets at Toyota Motor North America. "This is our topline, track-inspired performance Camry and it seemed only fitting for it to take its spot on the race track."
Outside, the TRD Camry Next Gen boasts 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, hood exits that help to cool the engine, a composite body, a sealed underbody, and revised bumpers. There is a massive rear diffuser and the black/red/white livery adds to the bold look. Numerous safety enhancements consist of additional roll bars and legacy hood flaps that assist with downforce at higher speeds. The driver also sits closer to the center line of the TRD.
Peak power is either 550 or 670 hp depending on the track and a five-speed sequential transmission is equipped. Camry models have logged an impressive 155 NCS wins since 2007. The new TRD Camry Next Gen will hope to continue this success rate when it competes at the Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2022.