“Fast” and “Toyota Camry” are words used together about as frequently as "vegan and "meat sweats"…but today a wild exception has been made. Placed before you is debatably the most unique high-performance build revealed during SEMA 2014. The bone stock exterior of this 2015 Toyota Camry Sleeper is just that, a shell for Toyota’s Motorsports Division created underneath. To the trained eye, the wide rear 335/30/18 drag tires is your first indication to what this silver family mobile is all about. On key turn, it becomes blatantly apparent something violently special is going on under the hood.
If the initial whine of the TRD supercharger doesn’t get your attention, the 5.7L 3UR-FE V8 engine and transmission (from a Tundra) will. Hearing this Camry Sleeper come to life in the SEMA show halls caused gearhead hysteria. When the entire exterior shell lifted on a rear hinge, people lost it.
The red-tubed race skeleton and exposed hardware is enough to have even the non-performance enthusiast stop in their tracks. To the trunk is an arsenal of nitrous bottles that feed the wet setup. Official power numbers and speeds have not yet been confirmed but inside sources tell us this car with parachute could run down a quarter-mile in the 7-second region (to meet NHRA safety requirements though, the cage would need revision to be applicable for the sub 8.5sec classes). In order to achieve Camry Sleeper status though it had to look full stock (no chute included) so based on NHRA rules you’re more likely to see it run a company claimed 9.8sec quarter-mile time.
Go-fast parts include the Autometer digital dash, IPT Performance Transmissions and Magnuson components, forged pistons and connecting rods, Optima battery, front strut and 4-link live rear axle suspension.
Finger’s crossed Toyota lends the Toyota Camry Sleeper to us for some local Los Angeles driving….we smell viral video!