Toyota Camry Atara R on sale in Australia from $31,820

October 30, 2012

As a way of spicing up the Camry range, Toyota Australia has introduced a new special edition model called the Toyota Camry Atara R. The limited edition gets various sporty enhancements and a 2kW power boost.

Although it’s not a full-blown, bespoke performance model, the Atara R does provide a touch of enthusiasm and exclusivity to the mix. Toyota plans to sell just 2500 examples through until the end of December.

From the outside the R can be distinguished by a neat yet slightly more aggressive bodykit than the standard Atara, with a sporty front bumper bar, a similarly aggressive rear bumper with a diffuser section, fog lights, side skirts, and a dual-outlet exhaust system.

The special model also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, while the engine now produces 137kW from its 2.5-litre four-cylinder, instead of the standard 135kW rating. A specific torque figure hasn’t been mentioned so it’s likely the same 235Nm remains.

Lastly, the interior is also spruced up for the occasion, featuring a three-spoke sports steering wheel as well as a 6.1-inch LCD multimedia display with a reverse-parking camera.

The Toyota Camry Atara R is available in seven exterior colours, including Diamond White, Eclipse Black, Graphite, Magnetic Bronze, Reflex Blue, Silver Pearl, Wildfire.

Prices, as mentioned, start at $31,820 (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.