2012 Toyota Aurion Sportivo ZR6 review — PerformanceDrive

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2012 Toyota Aurion ZR6 review

The 2012 Toyota Sportivo ZR6 is Toyota’s most and largest family sedan on sale in Australia. It’s the brother to the new Camry, featuring a 200kW V6. The new model has grown in compared with the old, and also more fuel Is the ZR6 a true sports sedan



highway cruising comfort

suspension setup also and supportive in the bends

Nice auto

Packed with features and safety tech

Electric steering; feel not loads up and pulls slightly power

Inconsistent interior some aspects feel other parts offer quality


For years enjoyed the Ford Falcon and Commodore as Australia’s favourite sedans, including all the sporty But as market trends are changing, models are becoming less and popular, while smaller, efficient offerings are becoming the

The 2012 Toyota Aurion is on the same modular global as the new 2012 Camry. Although it may similar, the 2012 Aurion new panels, completely restyled and rear bumper bars, suspension and steering, while up gets the V6 engine – compared the strict 2.5-litre four-cylinder lineup.

Toyota Motor enlisted the help of Toyota Center Australia for the development of not the Aurion destined for our market, but the development of the new Aurion as a complete vehicle, ready for markets as the Middle East, Japan, and

This isn’t a vehicle has been adapted to suit the market. Instead, it has been and developed from the beginning Australian engineering playing a key in its foundations.

Some of the major for the new model include new front mounts which are 20 per cent rigid than the predecessor’s – to steering feel and directness, also a new speed-sensitive electric system, while the upper shell has shed around in weight thanks to further and the use of high-tensile steel in its construction.

As a the Sportivo ZR6 tips the scales at compared with the previous ZR6 of 1630kg. This gives it a ratio of 7.78kg per kilowatt, the Ford Falcon XR6 (8.68kg/kW) and the Commodore SV6 (8.23kg/kW).

We timed in just 6.6 seconds, putting of both the Aussie naturally rivals mentioned above – 7.2 for the and 6.9 for the Holden. (Our test from 6.56, 6.75, and seconds. Previous-gen ZR6 could 7.0 seconds.)

For the new model, Toyota also worked on the suspension to stability, agility and rear-end while ensuring a flat and quality damping feel. It slightly revised springs and new low-friction dampers with damping force rates 14 per cent at the front and 19 per cent at the The changes concentrate on improving while keeping body to a minimum.

Other changes larger overall dimensions, 30mm in length (4855mm), and 5mm in (1825mm), while height the same (14470mm). The upsize on increasing front and rear and more rear-seat headroom. space has also grown 504 litres to 515 litres.

Even though the new model is fuel efficiency has been For the combined rating, the Aurion has from 9.9L/100km to 9.3L/100km for the new model.

Overall, the 2012 Aurion is larger, lighter, and than the predecessor, with than a step up in vehicle


Being the top of the sports model, sitting the Sportivo SX6, the ZR6 gets all the you would expect. There’s a black and maroon leather inside, comfortable and cushy seats, and highlighted stitching including on the dashboard.

Sitting in the console is a touch-screen interface displays everything from settings, to satellite navigation, the parking camera, to the radio and playback – with Bluetooth and input. The system is easy to with jump-to buttons the screen for the main functions. is in easy reach, and can be found fuss; this is not one of those that will overwhelm

There are plenty of sporty inside that help the ZR6 from the rest of the range including carbon-look inserts on the console, dash, and door as well as other silver spread throughout the cabin.

In the there’s heaps of rear and headroom; we’re talking and Falcon levels of room The rears seats are very as well, with a flip-down and dual cupholders in the middle to accommodation.

Other interesting on this test vehicle an optional electric sunroof power everything, and a cool electric rear shade pops up from the parcel to provide further protection the sun.


In terms of design, the new Aurion is based on the new look. However, the Sportivo ZR6 a sporty bodykit with and rear spoilers, and distinctly corner sections in the lower bars.

There’s also a exhaust outlet arrangement at the surrounded by a small diffuser in the middle. It might not be to everyone’s but the styling and the kit is well proportioned and it a bit of a performance theme to the somewhat looks of the new Aurion.

Toyota has up quite a few steps in a number of with the new Aurion, including Some standout features active headlights with high beams that dip the automatically whenever there’s an or approaching vehicle.

That’s not the interesting part though, the themselves also sweep and right depending on your wheel position. We found to be fantastic, especially during along unlit mountain the headlights will shine up the corner as you turn.

Another key feature on the new model is the Blind Monitor (BSM) system, can be switched off, strangely. quite clever, but very at the same time. It’s one of technologies where you think hasn’t this been for years?’

In the corners of each mirror there’s a little light which illuminates if is a vehicle travelling in your spot. It won’t sound an buzzer or anything like it’s simply a friendly that could save you cutting someone off.

The 2012 Toyota Aurion comes with seven including a driver’s knee stability and traction control, and has a five-star safety rating ANCAP. The car recently scored a high 36.59 out of 37 overall of the highest scores we’ve the Volvo S60 has scored 36.34 for and 15.59 out of 16 in the offset frontal test.


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Flatten the off the mark and the front wheels scramble for traction for most of gear. Even if you require a burst of acceleration from 40km/h, the punchy V6 will the front 215-wide tyres. no doubt the Aurion goes and is an energetic piece of machinery.

The isn’t touchy, but it is sensitive to exercise the engine’s eagerness at a push. It’s quiet normal loads, very in fact, offering an almost cabin environment. It’s when the engine is really that you hear an angry yet high-pitched hum.

Through the the electric steering isn’t as or engaging as the rivals’ steering. on the heavy side too. the nose into a corner, and the offers plenty of grip and on very well, but the feeling the steering wheel is not all that

There’s a point at around turn where the wheel up quite noticeably. We initially the tyres were a little Unfortunately, they weren’t. heavy power, there is tug and tension at the wheel as well.

this relatively minor Toyota engineers have a great job of covering everything that supports an overall driving experience. The suspension that fine line in excellent comfort while remaining composed and firm in the

Even when pointed the bends, and over undulations, the Sportivo remains confident and When pushed, some understeer comes into to let you know the tyres are stretching – we the Aurion could benefit a wider tread pattern the 215s. Such a change improve grip and acceleration further.

Like almost all the gearbox in the Aurion is excellent. It up seamlessly, and down changes and at the touch of the throttle. Slip the lever over into ‘S’ and you have yourself an eager set of which are always ready you are. You can also use the flappy behind the wheel for that experience, and there’s even a blip form the engine on the

Compared with the Aurion’s brother, the 2012 Toyota the Aurion’s front-to-rear weight is changed, although, we feel the does handle better. It more refined, and more


As a sports sedan, the Toyota Aurion Sportivo ZR6 well. It’s the quickest in its The exterior design and interior successfully fall into the sedan’ criteria, while the isn’t quite as engaging as one hope, it’s certainly

So as a sports sedan, is passes a few with flying colours, it gains a satisfactory result in areas.

As a large economical sedan though, with a key in life to commute five in comfort, safety, and a bit of pizazz, very easy to see why it’s one of the favourites. The 2012 Aurion is an step. And one in the right direction.


Holden Commodore SV6 – V6, 210kW/350Nm – 1729kg (auto) –

Holden’s sporty SV6 features the powerful naturally aspirated engine to ever feature in an family sedan. It is the heaviest out of trio though, with economy rated at 9.6L/100km for the

Ford Falcon XR6 – 4.0-litre 195kW/391Nm – 1695kg – $39,990

The XR6 has a popular variant for years, and now it’s available from it is Australia’s cheapest sports currently on sale.

Ford XR6 Turbo – 4.0-litre turbocharged 270kW/533Nm – 1694kg – $46,235

If you in more of the ‘sports’ side of the sedan market options, the XR6 is hard to beat. Literally with 270kW on tap and available $46,235, bang for your doesn’t come much


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