Toyota Camry Celebrates 40 Years In Style With New Special Edition

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This is way better than a cake and candles.

The Toyota Camry is one of those cars that pretty much every kid sees growing up. They're everywhere because they're affordable, reliable, and comfortable, all hallmarks of the ideal family vehicle. Now the highly popular sedan has turned 40, and Japan has released a special variant to celebrate - the Camry Black Edition. While this isn't a TRD model in special clothes, it is a very cool-looking car. Much like the RAV4 Hybrid Black Edition, the Camry Black Edition deletes almost all chrome in favor of a monochromatic, glossy finish. However, unlike the RAV4, this model can be had with other paint finishes besides just plain old black.

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The new variant is based on the range-topping WS trim and is available in Precious Black Pearl, Emotional Red II, or Platinum White Pearl Mica. If you opt for the red or white, you can also spec a two-tone finish with the roof and part of the C-pillars finished in Attitude Black Mica. Besides the gloss black window trims, mirrors, and trunk spoiler, the Camry Black Edition also gets sportier styling accents with black 18-inch alloys, "smoke-like" front lower grille surrounds, and tinted headlights and taillights. The new model also boasts additional standard features with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automatic braking.

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Inside, the sporty theme continues with red or black leather upholstery that extends from the seats, center armrest, and door cards to the lower dash panels, giving the car a genuinely premium feel. Unfortunately, the new model isn't for our market and is currently exclusive to Japan. Pricing starts at the equivalent of $39,790 for the FWD model and $41,660 for the E-Four version. Is this celebratory version just another weak marketing ploy or is this blacked-out Camry cool enough to make our list of 2020's best dark editions? The answer to that one is probably a little too obvious.

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