Question: When is a Toyota Camry not exactly a Toyota Camry? Answer: When it’s something like this.
In 2010, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and North Carolina’s RK Motors teamed up to bring a truly eye-catching concept car to the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and this is that vehicle. It started life as a humble Toyota Camry Solara coupe, but now it’s a bit far from stock.
Pop the hood and you’ll find a NASCAR spec Toyota V8, pushing out 680 horsepower, and enough go-fast goodies to blur the lines between street car and race car. Interestingly enough, this ex-show car is now on the market… though it may be the world’s priciest Toyota Camry, deservedly so.
Known as the Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition, this one-of-one car followed up its SEMA Show appearance with stops at Phoenix International Raceway, as well as the Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows, and it’s not hard to see why.
The custom work necessary to transplant the giant 5.9-liter V8 into the Solara chassis becomes apparent from under the body, which now features a cleanly integrated transmission and driveshaft tunnel running to the car’s new multi-link rear end (a modified Toyota Venza unit). Whereas the original car would have housed either a five-speed manual or automatic, the NASCAR inspired Camry features a burly Tremec T-56 six-speed manual with a heavy duty clutch.
At both ends, the Camry rides on a custom suspension setup with the business end visible just behind the set of 20-inch TWS Jarama wheels and massive Brembo brakes. This car can surely stop in a hurry.
On the outside, the racy Camry implements a few showroom stock elements—from standard headlights, door handles, and even the stock fuel filler door—but everything else is custom built, from the rerouted side exhaust outlets, to the aerodynamic fascia, and carbon fiber rear spoiler.
Inside, things are surprisingly plush. The Toyota Camry boasts sumptuous leather bucket seats, a bespoke sound system, suede headliner, and yes, even rear seats. Take the whole family with you in your 680-horsepower Camry, why don’t cha!
The price? Take a deep breath. The 2010 Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition asks $159,900. And given all the custom work it took to put this monstrous creation on the road… we’d reckon it’s worth every penny.