Review Toyota Aurion 2008
IT can hardly overcome the criticism of a Toyota.
The Japanese automaker produces well-built, reliable, affordable motorcycles that are designed primarily as urban or rural family transport. You just need to look at Toyota sales figures to realize they are very good at what they do.
Perhaps the harshest criticisms of Toyotas in the past may be moderate, they are stuttered, uninterested and not particularly fond of being pushed out of their comfort zone. But remember that most of them stutter because they are family cars and most of them never, and never will, be pushed out of the area.
Driving excitement is the last thing on Dad’s mind. So staid is a compliment as it is a criticism.
A car for the family – sure. A car for enthusiasts – not often.
But now there’s an Australian-made Toyota on the road that doesn’t deserve to be dealt with.
In fact, anyone who describes it as being said clearly will not know what they are talking about. It is Toyota Aurion TRD, capacity of 400 Nm, representing Toyota Racing.
Basically TRD took a family car that produced incredible power, bolted on the supercharger, some big wheels and tires, adjusted the suspension and brakes and added a few more mechanical kit. mild. The result is the most powerful front-wheel-drive car in the world.
Toyota claims this is not a muscle car in the veins of the R8 Club HSV Commodore or the equivalent Ford. It is a more refined package than a Mazda6 MPS.
But when it all boils down to it, this is a fast-paced, fast-moving car despite what Toyota says about it not all about performance but the overall package. Toyota Racing Development has designed it, after all, and any car that goes from standing still to 100km / h in close to six seconds is a high-performance machine.
As tested, the SL TRD with moonroof and sat nav has surpassed the scale at $ 67,452. Now, that’s a fair amount of money from anyone’s wallet, especially when you consider you can get a Berlina V8 for $ 45,290, a Calais V8 for $ 59,290, a a Ford FPV 5.4 GT for $ 62,460 or a HSV Club R8 for $ 64,890.
If sat nav and moonroof aren’t your cup of tea, you can get the SL for $ 61,500 or the S without leather seats, no climate control air conditioning and with a few bells and whistles less for $ 56,990.
So on the basis of the prices for those cars, with similar performance (or better), it’s hard to create a worthwhile case for the Aurion TRD. Indeed, you get the Toyota end and the quality can be hard to beat.
And yes, TRD is much more refined and refined as a performance package. Inside, can’t hear any exhaust note or any supercharger whine. Only the feeling of being strongly pushed back in your seat.
Providing all the torque through the front wheels has to eventually make it feel through the steering. For example, if it is wet, or the vehicle is making a left turn to the hill from the start of standing, and the large pedal is drifting, the wheel will buck a little in the driver’s hand. But it’s not overpowering and many less powerful cars have much higher torque control capacity than the TRD.
These 235 Dunlop Sportmaxx low profile tires work quite well when clung to but with all the power and most of the braking force reaching the road crossing the front wheel, tire life will have to be minimal.
In fact, it requires a slight foot to bring the TRD off the mark without any cries or slipping from the front.
The brakes are nothing great, at least on the road and in the wet; Smoothly powerful and progressive without the embarrassment in the original application.
The six-speed gearbox is seamless and smooth and has no trouble dealing with 400Nm of torque. It does not try to guess a second time that drivers and sequential changes can be made (backward and forward) with the device selector in Sport mode. Comfortable electrically adjustable leather seats with good lateral support thanks to the high centrifugal force created if driving is spirited.
The dash is simple but attractive, with ignition without a key but without adjusting the dash. The sat nav screen, like in the recently tested RAV4, is a work of art, swiveled down to allow access to the CD player and slot for compact sat nav discs.
Everything is consistent and most of the noise in the cabin comes from 35% low profile tires because different road surfaces can attest.
The ride is a bit stiff and unforgivable but most of that seems to be a side effect of low profile tires as much as the stiff suspension.
TRD did a great job turning Aurion into a wolf dressed in sheep clothes.
Perhaps the main question is whether the cost of the procedure is a bit high.
Another question l…