The Toyota Avalon could be your typical family sedan. But for the people at Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the Avalon can also be a street car fast and quick enough to challenge sports cars on the track.
Good for us, Toyota is more than willing to transform the Avalon from a typical FWD family sedan into a racetrack contender. Thus, at the 2019 SEMA Show, Toyota brought in the Avalon TRD Pro Concept.
Toyota touts the Avalon TRD Pro Concept as the quickest full-size FWD sedan in the world. The good news is that the Japanese carmaker isn't joking. The bad news is that it's just a concept, which means it won't be available for anyone. In particular, the Avalon TRD Pro Concept is a creation that celebrates TRD’s 40th anniversary.
But it’s more than just a celebratory vehicle, as the Avalon TRD Pro Concept being displayed at the 2019 SEMA Show is excellent enough to earn the coveted “Pro” badge.
The Avalon TRD Pro Concept was created through a partnership between TRD and Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec). To be good enough to challenge sports cars, the concept was fitted with a 3.5-liter 2GR-FKS V6 engine, as upgraded with a DG-Spec cold air intake and a three-inch Burns Stainless fabricated exhaust. The result? Around 330 hp of output!
To ready the Avalon TRD Pro Concept for the track, Toyota installed DG-Spec Motion Control Suspension (MCS) coilovers with remote reservoirs and 3-way adjustability. They are complemented by adjustable DG-Spec/Progress rear camber arms with a Progress adjustable rear stabilizer bar.
Braking power comes courtesy of a Stoptech ST40 big brake kit with Hawk Performance DTC-60 pads and two-piece 355mm Stoptech slotted rotors. The Avalon TRD Pro Concept rides on custom-made 18×9-inch Lacks wheels shod with 275/35R18 Goodyear Supercar 3R rubbers.
Up front, the Avalon TRD Pro Concept comes with a bespoke DG-Spec vented carbon-fiber hood that allows heat to escape from the engine bay. The front grille of the concept was also opened to permit more cooling to get into the engine bay.
On the rear, the Avalon TRD Pro Concept features a composite duck bill spoiler that generates up to 100 lbs of downforce at 100 mph. Overall, its creators were able to make the concept lighter by nearly 150 lbs through upgraded components and carbon-fiber elements.
The capability of the Avalon TRD Pro Concept was proven after it logged a lap time of 1 minute and 25.3 seconds at the Streets of Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. As per fastestlaps.com, this is faster than some sports cars.
Interestingly, the concept was taken to several different racetracks multiple times. In fact, it has gone drifting with Ken Gushi at Road Atlanta, and was taken to a hot lap by Michael and Darrell Waltrip at Sonoma. Nice!