Toyota Mark X GRMN Returns With RWD, 313 HP And Carbon Fiber Roof

The Toyota Mark X GRMN is making a surprise return after an absence of nearly four years.

Set to be shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the all-new Mark X GRMN builds on the success of its predecessor which was strictly limited to 100 units. The car is based on the Mark X 350 RDS and the GRMN variant is distinguished by a more aggressive front bumper and larger air intakes. The high-performance model also has a minimalist grille, gloss black accents and 19-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels.

The sporty styling continues further back as the Mark X GRMN has a ventilated rear bumper and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system which is split between a stylish diffuser. Other notable styling features include a rear spoiler and an upgraded braking system with white calipers featuring the GR logo.

Customers can also order an optional carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof for ¥270,000 ($2,490 / £1,953 / €2,164). Toyota says the roof removes 22 lbs (10 kg) of weight and helps to lower the car’s center of gravity so owners can “enjoy more agile driving.”

Inside, drivers will find exclusive ultra suede front sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with GR badging. Other highlights include carbon fiber trim, piano black accents and alloy pedals.

A naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine resides under the hood where it produces 313 hp (234 kW / 318 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. It is connected exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

Sticking with the performance theme, Toyota says the car has a retuned suspension with revised shock absorbers. The company also modified the electric power steering system to deliver a more responsive feel.

Production will be limited to 350 units and pricing starts at ¥5.13 million ($47,336 / £37,122 / €41,113).

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  • A GRMN car? Feels like dress up kit and not a proper performance saloon.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      at least it’s got manual

      • Still, feels like regular saloon that’s been tarted a bit.

  • TheBelltower

    Why can’t Toyota hire adult designers? In spite of HP numbers that might have been impressive in 1999, the fact that it’s RWD with a 6spd manual transmission is impressive. You can bet that the weak HP numbers will be very tune-able. Imagine if the engineers could find someone to wrap their car in sheetmetal that doesn’t look so bad.

    • Matt

      318 PS is perfectly acceptable for a N/A V6 though, especially as it is the same 3.5 motor Toyota has been using since forever – it’s not a new design.

      To get a lot of power out of that engine while remaining N/A would require some serious re-engineering and wouldn’t be worth the development for a run of 100 vehicles.

      I agree the design is a mess though.

      • TheBelltower

        The HP is unimpressive because the engine is very unstressed, in the typical Toyota fashion. I have no doubt that Toyota will leave the insane engine performance to the buyers. Those interested in this car will squeeze more out of it with mods.

        • Matt

          How much power can you get out of a 3.5 V6 without forced induction while still meeting emissions laws?

          • TheBelltower

            A configurable chip and/or a turbo kit.

          • Matt

            You can’t just ‘chip’ a naturally-aspirated engine into producing more power. There’s only so much air you can get into the combustion chamber after all.

            I did say ‘without forced induction’, but a turbo or supercharger would be your only option for big power – an expensive development exercise for a run of only 100 cars.

          • TheBelltower

            There are a ton of mods for this corporate engine. I said “configurable chip” because that is how a modified car would pass emissions. Someone other than me would determine the best combo of upgrades for this car.

          • Dude

            Very true, but that’s probably why Toyota isn’t going to tune this thing to its limits from the factory. Same thing with the GT86.

          • Dude

            I get your point and there’s emissions standards to be considered but you can get power from an ecu remap lol. It’s not something that you’d do alone but I’ve seen people get 27hp from the Accord’s V6, 25hp from the BRZ and 10hp from the Miata with just a flash. It’s not a gigantic increase but it’s something. I think the car is fine with the power it has though.

          • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

            That’s exactly my point

          • Carman

            Do you think Camry and Avalon buyers care about horsepower versus reliability and gas mileage? Not everyone is on the T-4 boat. Look at Porsche’s and BMW. They all overheat.

  • SteersUright

    Looks like a retro article from 2000.

  • Shane

    I never understood the hype behind Jap cars. This is basically a 2008 CTS in my eyes. I’m sure everyone else has a basic car that never recieved hype, that could do this car in.

    • khc

      The difference is that this car will likely be giving trouble-free service for 10-to-15 years or more, something Toyota, as a company, prioritizes.

  • steve

    Just plain boring!

  • Matt

    Simply untrue. Toyota/Lexus will be using forced induction on their new models because they can’t continue to meet emissions laws while staying competitive with the power levels of their rivals.

    Stop being such an obvious JDM fanboy with your biased nonsense.

    • Carman

      Give me a break. The core Toyota cars all came with a completely revamped V6 on their new TNGA platforms while they already have T-4. They will go hybrid (and have been) to meet emissions. You must be living under a rock for the past decade if you don’t know anything about the world’s most valuable car company. Toyota knows what their core customers want.

  • assassingtr

    Whoever runs GR has some bad taste.

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