Lot more revs for your RAV

Toy­ota has beefed up its wagon per­for­mance with a V6 op­tion, writes JAMES STAN­FORD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test Toyota Rav4 Cv6 -

THE RAV4 has es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion as a handy, com­pact cross­over wagon, which is good for day-to-day du­ties and the odd trip to the coun­try.

Its en­gine per­for­mance has al­ways been ad­e­quate, but cer­tainly noth­ing to write home about.

That all changed when some­one at Toy­ota de­cided to drop a 201kW V6 into the RAV4’s en­gine bay.

The new V6 ar­rives as a per­for­mance op­tion, rather than re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing four-cylin­der. Cus­tomers pay a pre­mium for the priv­i­lege. The V6 RAV4 range starts at $39,990 for the CV6 and rises to $43,990 for the SX6 and $49,990 for the ZR6.

That com­pares with the reg­u­lar four-cylin­der range which starts at $31,990 for the CV and rises to $41,990 for the Cruiser L. The base RAV4 V6 is the same price as the en­try level two-wheel-drive Kluger KX-R, which is sig­nif­i­cantly larger.

Com­ing back to the RAV4 range, the dif­fer­ence be­tween the four­cylin­der and six-cylin­der en­gines is huge. The V6 RAV4 has 76kW more power and an ex­tra 109Nm on its four-cylin­der brother.

You may re­mem­ber the quad-cam six-cylin­der from such cars as the Au­rion sedan and Kluger wagon.

The per­for­mance junkies at Toy­ota even slot­ted the same po­tent en­gine into the Tarago, cre­at­ing one mean peo­ple mover.

The RAV4s V6 is linked to a fivespeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. There is no man­ual.

In most con­di­tions, the RAV4 feeds power only to the front wheels. When slip is de­tected, power is also sent to the rear wheels when ac­ti­vated by an elec­tro-mag­netic con­trolled cou­pling.

The ve­hi­cles can be locked in AWD mode up to 40km/h when it re­verts back to the on­de­mand set­ting.

Weigh­ing in at 1655kg, the RAV4 V6 has an im­pres­sive power-toweight ra­tio for a small cross­over wagon.

Its of­fi­cial fuel con­sump­tion is 10.5 litres/100km, which is about 1 litre more than the four-cylin­der au­to­matic RAV4 uses.

Thanks to the ex­tra grunt, the V6 RAV4 can tow 400kg more for a to­tal of 1900kg.

Apart from the new en­gine and trans­mis­sion, the V6 Kluger is es­sen­tially the same as the RAV4 that was in­tro­duced in early 2006.

Per­for­mance plus: the RAV4 now comes with a V6 op­tion with 76kW more power than its four-cylin­der brother.

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