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.
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