I've lost track of what this car is known as worldwide, but maybe the XV70 or XV80. In the USA, it is the Camry and sits one size up from the Corolla. Largest pic from dealer lot. Rest for reference from Car And Driver.
This is tuned by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) division. I have traded in my 2015 Audi A3 for some well-timed rebates and financing offers. Picking a daily driver is a big, big deal for me. I had 75,000 miles / 121000 kilometers of seat time with my 2015 Audi. Seriously considered an Audi S3, but I am tired of what German cars become past the 100,000 kilometers mark (expensive, unreliable, bland).
3.5L V6 / 301 hp / 267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm / P235 / 40R 19"
Spent one weekend with it so far.
Quick Take: Naturally aspirated V6 with 8 gears to play with. Corners properly and flat, but have not pushed it to limit as I did my Audi regularly. Ride is firm and has not been harsh. Steering is ok. Engine is interesting, because without turbos, it is definitely rev happy (and in need of revs to thrive), and there is a bit of minor adaptation that is easily overcome (relearning how to hoon a NA V6). Heck of an engine, and the catback exhaust is tuned nicely. Bonus: No farting on shifts. Just a smooth roar up through redline.
The 8-speed is holding this thing back. A ZF 8-speed would be a dream. It's responsive and functional enough, for a hydraulic trans, even if you're used to sequential shifting found in dual-clutch autos. It just doesn't have an aggressive tune or inclination. The ZF is a hydraulic trans, but it is 95% of what a dual-clutch auto is, whereas this 8 speed is maybe 70%. It's good enough, but you know it's a tune away from being really good (it'll never sniff the ZF though). Paddle shifting is ok. Just ok.
It has two mufflers in line down the center of the car before it splits into a dual look, and while it sounds very good and deep with the TRD catback system, I have already heard another one with one or both mufflers removed, and it is absolutely magical sounding.
A month ago, I would never have considered this car. I did drive it, and I have over 1 million kilometers of seat time in sports sedans, so it was definitely good enough to go to war with me daily, and I needed to get away from more expensive brands that were less reliable. What would I daily if money were no object? Probably an Audi RS3. Coming out of the A3 and mastering how to toss that around, the RS3 would have been like a second superhero skin.
Anyway, I'd even be interested in hearing your criticism of its looks, performance, etc.
All good. Just wanted to share. It's actually one of the lower-priced Camry models and the cheapest V6 in the range.