Toyota Camry TRD Drag Races Tundra TRD, Mazda6 Turbo and Silverado Join the War
9 June 2020 - autoevolution
Toyota Camry TRD owners like to pretend that their sedan is also a sports car because it's got a nice exhaust and body kit.
Wouldn't it be annoying if a Tundra pickup were to walk all over it?
Both Toyotas wear the TRD badge, but they do it differently. For the Camry, it means you get a lower car with sporty touches, while the pickup has better off-road suspension and decorative trim.
In the engine department, the Camry TRD is powered by a 301 horsepower, 267 lb-ft 3.5-liter V6 with DOHC and 24 valves. Power is sent out through an 8-speed auto and you're supposed to do 60 in about 6 seconds.
Meanwhile, the Tundra truck makes 381 horses and 401 lb-ft of torque using a sizable 5.7-liter V8. It has a 6-speed auto and AWD. As you'll see in this drag car-on-truck drag race from TFL, the two TRD models are even off the line, but the Camry inches away, probably due to its newer gearbox.
The Impala doesn't have a nice sports version, so in the next car-on-truck race, they use a Mazda6. This is a pretty old model from the Japanese automaker, but recently got extra zoom-zoom from a turbocharged engine.
This boosted 2.5-liter can make 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. However, the numbers drop to 227 horses on the cheap stuff (torque is the same). Meanwhile, the Silverado's 5.3-liter V8 in the Silverado makes 355 horsepower, but we know this truck is actually quicker than the more powerful Toyota one.
The car wins this race too, and you know what that means. We need to see if a Mazda6 Turbo is quicker in a straight line than a Camry TRD. Even though the Toyota looks flashy and has a nicer exhaust note, the torque in the Mazda is more than enough to pull away from it.