Two kinds of cars will be making their debut from Toyota and Lexus at this year's SEMA show: the NASCAR-inspired Camry, which is focused on performance, and the rest. The rest is composed of hybrid Lexus vehicles slammed, stanced, and body-kitted to present the most street-worthy image possible.
Since go-fast is a bit more interesting than look-fast, we'll address the RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition first. Powered by a 358-cubic-inch 680-horsepower TRD NASCAR V-8 engine mated to a Tremec T-56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission--presumably driving the rear-wheels, though Toyota neglects to mention this fact--it's probably the meanest Camry yet built.
In addition to the performance modifications, the RK Camry gets a complete exterior workover for aerodynamics, carbon fiber brake ducts, and TRD emblems. Twenty-inch wheels wrapped in 245/35 front and 285/20 rubber ensure understeer-biased handling, though the upgraded and modified MacPherson front struts and rear modified multi-link/coil-over rear suspension should make the most of the tire it has to work with.
Looking at the rest of the SEMA list, we have a host of hybrids including a CT200h F Sport Concept, an HS 250h by VIP Auto Salon, a GS 450h by 0-60 Magazine, an LS 600h L by Fox Marketing, another LS 600h L by VIP Auto Salon, and an RX 450h by Paul Tolson of EST Styling. A Pearl Gray version of the Lexus LFA will also be on display.
Check out the gallery for previews of the cars coming to SEMA, and stay tuned for our live coverage of the event.