This year’s SEMA Show hosts one seriously hardcore family car in the Avalon TRD Pro Concept. In order to turn the Japanese 4-door into a true beast, Toyota Racing Department (TRD) teamed up with Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec), and created the world’s quickest full-size FWD sedan
In fact, its lap time of 1:25.3 at Willow Springs makes the Avalon TRD Pro Concept quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera or an Audi R8 on the 1.8-mile track.
“Avalon has been an amazing car for Toyota, but let’s face it, it’s never really shed its family sedan image…until now,” said Toyota marketing exec Ed Laukes. “For this Avalon TRD Pro Concept, our intention was to do some serious perception-busting. It’s a street car for the race track. Sports cars beware!”
Right from the start, the folks at DG-Spec treated this project like a professional racing program, taking the car to the track no fewer than ten times at four different venues, which isn’t at all common for a SEMA concept vehicle.
The car’s 3.5-liter V6 engine gained a custom cold air intake and a 3-inch Burns Stainless steel exhaust, bumping output to an estimated 330 HP. To further aid performance, a custom Super-Lock limited-slip differential was installed, while the Tundra factory transmission cooler and an electric pump helped keep heat in check – opening up the front grille some more helped with that too.