Car reviews - Toyota - Camry - Sportivo V6 sedan
27 Nov 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
SPORTIVO takes the basic international look of the Camry and sexes it up with a bodykit developed locally by T-CAM, Toyota Conversions Accessories and Motorsport.
The kit consists of a front bib spoiler, side skirts, rear skirt and low-rise boot mounted spoiler. The look is completed by 16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, headlights with a metallised black area, integrated driving lights, metallic/mica paint, grey and chrome radiator grille, a chrome exhaust diffuser and matt black badging.
It all works quite well, giving some extra aggression and presence to a look that while new to us was actually launched in the USA 12 months ago. Remember, the Camry is a Toyota world car, which means it looks the same wherever you go -Australia, the USA, Japan or Europe.
The body is physically bigger than its predecessor, measuring 35mm longer, 10mm wider and a big 70mm higher. The car has a 0.29 aerodynamic Cd, down from the old car's 0.30.
Stylist Hiroyuki Metsugi said he tried to capture something of a European feeling when designing the car.
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Did you know?Sportivo is the first Camry in the world and Toyota's first built-in-Australia product with a bodykit fitted standard. The kit has already attracted interest from Toyota affiliates in New Zealand, the Middle East and the USA
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