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Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Altise V6 sedan


24 Oct 2002

TOYOTA Australia wanted to put more emphasis on handling and grip with the 380N Camry than its predecessor, although still retain a high level of ride quality.

To do that it split the suspension set-up into two streams, the Altise and Ateva gaining a set-up approximating the old Touring model, while the Sportivo and Azura went fimer and more focussed again.

The suspension design across the Camry range is the same - MacPherson struts up front and parallel dual links at the rear. Compared to the old car roll stiffness is up about six per cent, while springs in the Altise firm up 10 per cent in the front and 15 per cent in the rear.

A lot of attention has also been paid to compression damping, with a 50-80 per cent increase dialled into the Altise. Rebound damping has only been slightly retuned.

It's worth remembering these changes have to also take into account the increased kerb weight of Camry, which in this specification is up 60kg.

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Overseen by Toyota Australia's senior chassis engineer Paul Diamandis (pictured), Camry's calibration process for the local suspension set-up began at its Anglesea (Victoria) testing ground, but then moved to the public road, where 60,000km of testing was completed

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