Toyota Might Be Working On A Hot Century GRMN

The Toyota Century features old school styling and a non-nonsense approach to luxury, but that could be changing as an apparent Century GRMN has been spotted in Japan.

Little is known about the car, but a Twitter user posted several pictures of the model online. They show it features a new front bumper, larger air intakes and sportier wheels.  We can also see a black mesh grille grille with what appears to be GRMN badging.

Moving further back, there’s black mirror caps and sportier side skirts. The model also has a trunk-mounted rear spoiler and what could be a rear diffuser.

While the idea of a Century GRMN sounds crazy – like Rolls-Royce Phantom Competition by BMW M crazy – it might not be that farfetched. Jalopnik noted that Carsensor reported Toyota built a one-off Century GR prototype for Toyota President Akio Toyoda.

This model appears significantly different than the Century GR prototype, but that could be explained by the decision to take it to production as a GRMN model.  Of course, it also just be a customized model to look like a GRMN variant.

Regardless, the standard Century has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 376 hp (280 kW / 381) and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of torque. It is backed by an electric motor that develops 221 hp (165 kW / 224 PS) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. Thanks to this setup, the hybridized luxury car has a combined output of 425 hp (317 kW / 431 PS).

A potential Century GRMN would likely up the ante and rumors have suggested the model could have all-wheel drive.

  • 101st ABN

    Ahhhhh so Cressida!

  • Finkployd

    It raises so many questions, I love it already

  • PK

    kia telluride production model should’ve had that headlights!

    • Bash

      So true.

  • Mr. EP9

    An absolute waste if they do that considering the car in question is more about luxury than performance.

    • Exactly, and I thought the point of owning Century is to be discreet and not flashy.

  • LJ

    The only Toyota more dated looking than the new Supra.

  • Paul

    It looks so old fashioned but yet so stately at the same time. Sheesh.

  • Bash

    I love that.

  • pcurve

    wow. the white really brings out the design too. Love the wrap around tail lights

  • Bob

    I think this car has one of my favourite back-ends on any car.

  • Is it too early to say this might be a typical Toyota thing to do now? If it is, give me all of them.

  • exeptor

    This car looks like something I’ve sketched as a child, but for some odd reason is so appealing. The back of the car looks awesome, but I’m not sure about the whole idea of pumping up a car like Century. In addition – white looks good on the car, but I have this strange feeling that it cheapens it a bit.

  • Krisnadi Imam

    hmmm if 280hp supra can be tuned to 1200hp, then perhaps the 376hp can go as far as 1600hp? lap the ring perhaps?

  • dumblikeyou2

    It for some reason reminds me of when Chrysler came out with the Dynasty. It was an oddball one-off from left field WTF? kind of a car.

  • Thundersnow 463

    Lincoln Continental + some mercury concept from a decade or so ago

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Yeh, but it’ll still be running TWO decades later.

  • Thundersnow 463

    Has a 5.0 v8 with 376 hp and an electric motor with 221 hp. In what world does that add up to 425hp?

  • I don’t really see the point of it, beside just looking cool.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    What if Toyota wanted to split the cost of the new TT V8 that will be found in the LSF & LCF ?

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