Toyota may soon introduce a sport-tuned version of the Avalon

Article by Christian A., on September 3, 2012

It’s rumored that a sports-tuned version of the Toyota Avalon will soon be introduced. The redesigned Avalon is credited for putting the model on the map when it comes to styling. Autoblog has reported that three sporty Avalon sedans will be unveiled at SEMA this October. Toyota officials said that a sports-tuned model may enter the lineup and be offered alongside the hybrid and V6 models.

The new Avalon features paddle shifters and to optimize its engine, it gets a sports-mode programmed into the transmission. The 3.5 liter V6 on this front-wheel-drive sedan delivers 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. According to Randy Stephens, the chief-engineer of the Avalon (which is made in Kentucky and developed in Michigan) said that Toyota has modified two of the three customized SEMA Avalons in-house.

One or both cars will be available with a TRD supercharger kit offered in the Australian market. Apparently, this is identical to the unit that the Lotus Evora S used. The styling of these customized Avalons will be bland compared to what’s usually seen at the SEMA show.

These vehicles will be nearly production-ready so that if it they get a positive public response, delays would be kept to a minimum. If a performance model is given the go signal, it may take at least two more years before it’s offered for sale.

Calty presented a redesigned 2011 Toyota Avalon with a presence that is more outgoing while remaining to be elegant. Starting in the rear section, its identity as an Avalon is immediately made clear through the lone Avalon logo placed on top of the license plate. The lower bumper has that cutaway trapezoid shape and integrated to it are the dual-exhaust pipes.

This gives the rear section a more contemporary look. Further, the taillights have been restyled in order to lower the turbulence present in this section and in turn reduce the coefficient of drag. Customers are likely to see the use of new lights but this is in fact just a single combined lamp composed of the stop lighting, turn lights, and side marker lighting.

Helping emphasize the modern look are the red and clear lenses as well as the distinct LED light pipes having dark aluminized sides. Looked at from the side, the appearance is highlighted by the redesigned rocker panel and the use of chrome trim. Then there is the addition of the outer mirrors, all glare-resistant, and they have the turn signals integrated to them.

The side also shows the new 17-inch wheels while the Limited trim comes with a 10-spoke design and a mirror finish. On the front, the grille has been made wider and even more extensive. This is tied to the cutting-edge projector headlamps and combined with the wide front hood, giving the impression of the Avalon having a low center of gravity and putting attention to the fact that the stance is wider.

Its new headlamps come with the multi-reflector halogen for the high beams and combined with the halogen, or HID, low beams. By making use of light pipes, the headlamps are able to show a unique look at night. With the front fog lamps being made part of the trapezoidal front bumper, this has resulted in the angle of illumination becoming wider.

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