He more opulent and traditional luxury It is not just for Rolls-Royce o Bentley. Maybe you knew that the flagship of Toyota worldwide is the Lexus LS 600h L, a big hybrid ship almost 500 hp, loaded with technology. But probably do not know that the true Toyota's flagship in its home market called Century. He Toyota Century It is a conventional hatchback, that It has hardly changed in 49 years at production. Ah, and it is the only car in which Toyota has set up a 12-cylinder engine vee. Intrigued?
His name Century, was a tribute to the centennial of the birth of Sakichi Toyoda-san. Toyota's founder, born in 1867.
Toyota Century He born in 1967 as a luxurious and refined version of the Toyota Crown Eight. Japan's economy was growing at full capacity, Toyota surprised the world with the 2000GT, and wealthy businessmen needed a car representation in which to move. Nissan was ahead of Toyota with its President, but counterattacked with the Osaka Century. Since the beginning of its production, it was Hand made virtually without skimping on materials one yen, quality control and engineering.
Its first generation - as his successor, released 30 years later - was already used by the Emperor of Japan, the Prime Minister, personalities and businessmen. In the protectionist Japanese market, no one wanted a Rolls-Royce: If you wanted to impress only had to attend a meeting sat in the back seat of a Toyota Century. The Toyota Century was a car to be taken with driver, with huge rear seats and amenities that we will soon discuss.
The Toyota Century has been in production continuously since no less than 49 years ago.
The Toyota Century always equipped technological breakthroughs. In 1971 already he had automatic climate control and in 1982 4.0 V8 engine received electronic fuel injection. That same year saw the introduction of changes within a system of fiber-optic communications and wash outer face. Since 1982 its aesthetic has not changed one iota. Although in 1997 a new generation was released with an evolved platform and a new engine, a 2016 Century is barely distinguishable from a 1982 unit.
Its second generation brought several major changes - but year after year, the Century evolve technically discreetly. The biggest change was the introduction of first V12 engine developed by Toyota. It was and is the only Japanese brand V12. Its internal code is 1GZ-FE. This engine 5.0 liter displacement and indirect fuel injection was designed with maximum smoothness of operation in mind. Power delivery must be silky and refined, but at the same time strong.
The interior is luxurious and quality, but like something out of a car from the 90s ... because it really is a car of the 90s.
Just develops 280 hp at 5,200 rpm, although the gossips say that his real power is about 310 hp. More important than power is the maximum torque of 481 Nm at just 4,000 rpm, with 400 Nm available already from 1200 rpm. This refined engine passes power to the rear by an automatic gearbox six relations, which replaced the box of four relations with the facelift was released. Air suspension is ideal for maximum comfort on board passengers.
But truly, comfort is on another level compared to what we are used. To begin with, the upholstery is leather, but from natural wool. Century Service only use leather upholstery, easier to clean and durability. The rear doors open almost a 90 degree angle, and the door drive is electromechanical. That is to say, the shooter to an electric motor is connected, that is driving the opening mechanism. The same goes for closing.
At the current exchange rate, a Toyota Century costs the equivalent of 100,000 euros. It continues to build by hand.
Japanese luxury is a quiet and refined experience, and opening or closing a door mechanically is considered unrefined by some customers. As you hear it. It is maximum comfort in the rear seats that recline and move longitudinally. A battle of 3,025 mm and a body of 5.27 meters - there is an even longer limousine version - allow passengers in the rear seats to stretch their legs and support your feet into ad-hoc support. Instead of tinted glass, cloth wipes used.
Since 2006 equips a Infotainment system G-BOOK, updated over the Internet. You do not expect much more modern equipment, no advanced connectivity or a mobile office. The Toyota Century evolves, but does so slowly. Little has changed in his 50 years of life, and is essentially the same car that was 20 years ago. Oddly enough, the trainer Top Secret has created a bestial Toyota Supra with 1,000 horsepower using a supercharged 1GZ-FE by a two turbos.
Toyota Century Royal: Emperor's car
Prime Minister of Japan moves in a Lexus LS 600h L, while the Century is reserved for royalty. Needless to say more.
Japan is still an empire, and as such, the king is Emperor Akihito. It moves in a Toyota Century specially made for him, valued at half a million euros. Although used as a base platform and a silky Century V12, its body has much more space in the rear, and a royal image. It measures 6.12 meters long. It is not shielded, but has many specific details as true picture car country. For example, doorways are encased in granite.
Of course equips wool upholstery - all leather - and the ceiling is lined with rice paper. In the doors painted with gold leaf chrysanthemum, representing the throne of Japan. Before the emperor used Nissan Prince Royal imusinas, but with 40 years of age they began to show signs of deterioration. When a unit was damaged in action, the Imperial Household Agency decided it was time to find successors. The emperor has four units at your service.
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