Sure, it's the best-selling car in America two years running. And, yes, the Toyota Camry is largely regarded as a family car driven mainly by moms. But don't let any preconceived notions about its driving characteristics fool you, the V-6 engine available in the Camry, and its coupe cousin the Solara, can be one potent powerplant. In the hands of legendary tuner TRD, it can become a First Class performer.
We've been covering the buildup of a Solara Project Car. After taking delivery of the stock Solara, the Super Street team began work on transforming its coupe into a serious showstopper. The first real performance modification was the installation of TRD's latest tuning masterpiece: a 50hp supercharger. The beauty of all TRD aftermarket parts, including this supercharger, is that they are available at Toyota dealers and come complete with factory-backed warranties. Oh, and did we mention the Eaton-based supercharger boosts power from 197hp at 5,200 rpm stock with 217 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm to 247hp at 6,000 rpm and 242 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm--all a completely emissions-legal with a conservative boost level (4-5 psi).
As always, we strive to bring you the latest in tuning technology, so we headed down to TRD for the installation of the supercharger kit. Our Solara was privileged to receive one of the first preproduction units, so being that it was their first time installing these kits, having only done a few prototype installs beforehand, some of what we're about to tell you about the install and in which order it was performed may change. Likewise, there may be some minor alterations made to the components we show you here compared to those offered in the final production kits.
One more aspect we should mention about the TRD supercharger kit is that it is a straight bolt-on designed to go on easily, but it also comes off easily so that the engine can be returned to stock form if desired. All told, the install took less than four hours.