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Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
268 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
248 @ 4,700
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
This car is very quiet at idle and even well-isolated while accelerating. Because this V6 is strong from the get-go, the traction control system (TCS) clamps down aggressively on the throttle if the driver simply floors the gas pedal. We found the "S" transmission mode allows the Camry to accelerate quicker (by a full second) to 60 mph than standard Drive. We also found some more time by temporarily disabling TCS (it automatically reengages at speed) to avoid the initial stumble it normally causes. The transmission is a smooth operator regardless of mode, and upshifts are very smooth. The Camry V6 remains one of the quickest cars in its class.
There's a very short amount of brake pedal travel before it firms up and the brakes begin to slow the car. There was noticeable nose dive, but all stops were straight and well-controlled with only a minor loss of pedal firmness and feel. The first stop was the shortest of four total, with the last being 4 feet longer -- an acceptable amount of brake fade without any odor from the pads.
While we still wouldn't say the Camry's steering has genuine road feel, it does have more life and provides more feedback than previous generations. The precision is quite good, allowing a driver to place the car well, and the back-and-forth response in our slalom test is also quite good. At its limit, the electronic stability control system (ESC) is highly effective without being overly intrusive. ESC quickly dabs a brake to manage the car's heading and then recedes without making a fuss about it. On the skid pad test, ESC gently closes the throttle to slow the car to prevent skidding, and it's unlikely most people would ever sense it was happening.