Lot more revs for your RAV
Toyota has beefed up its wagon performance with a V6 option, writes JAMES STANFORD
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.