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The Toyota Camry 2.0 and 2.5 are twins with different characters. The brothers from different mothers, Julian and Regan, debate on which twin is better.

16 Jun 2015

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"With a new engine and gearbox, the Camry 2.0 will blend the best coffee beans in town. Hell, it should be called Toyota Starbucks instead." - Julian Kho

The VVT-iW engine is a new block in the Camry 2.0
When I was 13-years old, I wanted to be a barista. To be precise, I wanted to be a barista wearing a black polo T-shirt, a black cap, a green apron with what appears to look like a medusa logo on it and a penchant for spelling people's names wrongly on purpose and getting away with it scot-free.

I wanted to froth milk and pretended I gave a rat's tutu about it while I ogle at some pretty customer, pour the coffee in with absolute precision into the cup and pretended to form a nice and distinct shape of a leaf or Santa's tummy, and serve the nice cuppa latte to my colleague who will then call out the wrongly spelled names.

Only problem is I became a writer.

For one, I realised that the coffee they sold at the joint where the people wore a black polo T-shirt, a black cap, a green apron with what appears to look like a medusa logo on it and a penchant for spelling people's names wrongly is bad. Not too sure if it's the grinder, the coffee beans they used or how they frothed the milk but if the 2.0-litre Camry could blend coffee beans, it would be the best in business.
 
While it holds true to many that there will never be a replacement for displacement, it also stands factual that having a 2.5-litre over a 2.0-litre will cost more grief to your pocket, thanks to poorer fuel economy, higher road tax and, obviously, a steeper price tag ($164,888 as of 5th June 2015).

Plus, unlike the 2.0-litre 'coffee blender' you see here, there's really nothing new about the 2.5-litre variant. So why on earth would you want to pay more for a machine that doesn't have new features? The 2.0-litre machine gets a new VVT-iW (wide) engine and a new six-speed automatic 'grinder', two more cogs than its predecessor. What does the 2.5-litre get? A new look? More space? What good can come from just a 2.5-litre's physical appearance when it should be the emotional appeal that sets your heart grinding and your body twerking?

As a failing writer who failed to become a barista, I can only tell you this: If you want to be happy, get a good machine because having a good cuppa kopi is as close to happiness as you can possibly get.
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