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2016 Toyota Camry RZ on sale in Australia from $28,490

June 15, 2016

Back by popular demand, Toyota Australia is reintroducing the sporty Camry RZ to the local lineup, bringing the usual darkened highlights to the humble sedan.

2016 Toyota Camry RZ-front

The latest edition is based on the new Camry Altise. Instantly recognisable features include the 18-inch alloy wheels in black, low profile sports tyres, twin exhausts, and various darkened highlights around the car such as the front grille and rear spoiler.

Also, not as easy to spot, is a unique sports suspension package. The new setup was developed in Australia by Australian engineers. It provides “impressive body control and ride comfort”, according to Toyota. This is paired with a faster steering ratio for a more connect feel.

Under the bonnet, the twin exhausts have actually seen a slight increase in output. Obviously the Camry isn’t a performance car, however, power is boosted to 135kW (from 133kW) and torque is raised to 235Nm (from 231kW) – just like in the twin-exhaust-equipped Atara SX. As a guide, PerformanceDrive has timed 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds in the Atara SX.

As a result of the output gains, fuel consumption is increased from 7.8L/100km on the combined cycle, to 7.9L/100km. The engine remains Euro 5 certified.

Buyers also receive dual-zone climate control as part of the package, a premium three-spoke steering wheel, colour 4.2-inch TFT instrument display, and RZ floor mats in the front. Keyless entry and push-button start is also standard.

Toyota Australia is planning to introduce just 1100 examples of the new Camry RZ over a three-month period, with prices starting at $28,490. All come with Toyota’s capped-price servicing.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.