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Akio Toyoda's Personal Century GRMN
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The Century has a new look, and it's not what you expected.

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This is the type of car Toyota should be selling what L badge in the US as their top flagship. Maybe even with a V12.
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This is the type of car Toyota should be selling what L badge in the US as their top flagship. Maybe even with a V12.
Or a V8 with electric motors?
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see, akio toyoda has shown himself to have good taste and appreciate fine design, so why has he taken away all our sports cars!?!

not too long ago toyota had 3-4 at once in the US lineup, and now, there's not a single one! even honda came out with a new type r, and they actually bothered to make it themselves.

this century is awesome though, i'd love to be rolling around in that
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Or a V8 with electric motors?
nahhhhhh gotta be that V12...


smokey nagata needs a new project!!


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Or a V8 with electric motors?
Nah. Lexus will have always go down in history as not having a V12. At least they did make the V10

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Nah. Lexus will have always go down in history as not having a V12. At least they did make the V10
are we considering toyota and lexus to be the same company? the 2nd gen century did have a V12 but it wasn't a "lexus" if that's what you mean


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are we considering toyota and lexus to be the same company? the 2nd gen century did have a V12 but it wasn't a "lexus" if that's what you mean

Just saying the Lexus brand. I do know that there was a V12 for the Century in the past.
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Eeeeek the front end and headlights reminded me of the Chrysler 300M. Anyways, the styling would have been considered bland and boring as a Lexus and that will never fly with Akio.
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This is the type of car Toyota should be selling what L badge in the US as their top flagship. Maybe even with a V12.
It wouldn't sell. It has no name recognition/prestige in the US and is too ugly, too underpowered, and not luxurious enough to be priced above a LS.
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It wouldn't sell. It has no name recognition/prestige in the US and is too ugly, too underpowered, and not luxurious enough to be priced above a LS.
i guess there's only one way to find out, but i think the century might not do too terribly in the US (too terribly is a relative term, i wouldn't expect the sales to be class leasing or anything)

i feel people might like the differentness / rarity of it, and idk what's more luxurious than having a microphone in the back seat to more easily speak to your chauffeur! and being able to fully extend your legs onto the seat in front while getting a heated massage is as good as it gets
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I remember being in Japan and everyone I was with freaking out when we saw a Century on the road. It'll be a long time before we see any of this gen on the road here, that's for sure.
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Akio's car looks so noble. Love it.

The new Century doesn't have the old 5.0L V12 anymore btw. It uses the LS600hL powertrain.
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I know it's easier to get power out of the 2JZ, but I love it when mad scientists get a hold of the V12...
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https://jalopnik.com/toyota-ceo-show...ntu-1831623266

Toyota CEO Shows Up To Track Event In His Awesome Century GRMN, Like A True Boss


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5 Screenshot: yashichi87able (YouTube) The new Toyota Century is what the Lincoln Continental wishes it could be. And CEO Akio Toyoda’s awesome one-off Century GRMN is so sporty, and so incredible, and so cool, and I have so much respect for the Toyota boss showing up to a company track event in it.

It’s very easy to get lulled into a false mindset that Toyota is boring, and then the Japanese automaker goes and displays its Gazoo Racing lineup, topped off with Toyoda showing up in the new Century GRMN:



The Century GRMN was introduced as a one-off version of the automaker’s super-luxury car, though Toyota is supposedly gauging possible customer interest for building more.

It’s still not confirmed exactly how much Gazoo has changed on the car beyond the obvious cosmetic touches, like the dope wheels and red stripe along the rocker panel, a new grille and a cute little lip spoiler at the back. The regular Century gets a hybrid V8 setup good for 376 horsepower. You would think they would have bragged about it if they actually added any more power to this one, so sadly it’s also probably just 376 HP.

The other cars in the clip include a Gazoo Racing version of the upcoming new Supra, Toyota TS050 endurance racer, Prius GT300 and what appears to be the Lexus LC 500 Super GT racer.

The Century is still the coolest of the bunch. Race the Century, Toyota. Find a way.
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