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Old 01-11-2019, 08:10 AM   #1
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The Tokyo Auto Salon is in full swing and it’s the place where Toyota is showcasing the GR Supra Super GT concept. The race-ready A90 is not the only novelty at TAS as the Mark X is also there to lure in fans of old-school big sedans with naturally aspirated engines. The car’s design might not scream performance, but the new Mark X GRMN packs some serious power channeled to the rear wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox to the delight of purists.

At the heart of the tail-happy sedan is the familiar 3.5-liter V6 with 313 horsepower and 280 pound-feet (380 Newton-meters) of torque on tap. Special tuning of the front and rear suspension makes the sedan more nimble and agile, while the electric power steering and stability control system have been tweaked as well.

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At an additional cost, the car can be ordered with an optional CFRP that will cut approximately 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of weight compared to the standard steel roof and will lower the center of gravity. Other goodies include 19-inch forged BBS wheels with 235/40 R19 front and 255/35 R19 rear tires backed by GR-branded brake calipers developed specifically for the Mark X GRMN.

Toyota also made some changes inside the cabin where there are body-hugging seats for the driver and front passenger, along with alloy pedals and an assortment of carbon fiber accents to spruce things up.

Carrying the top-tier GRMN badge, the sporty sedan will be limited to only 350 examples and that’ll make it less exclusive than the previous version launched late 2014 in Japan with a 100-unit production run. JDM buyers will have to spend at least ¥5,130,000 (about $47,370 at current exchange rates) before options to get behind the wheel of the Mark X GRMN.

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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.


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Old 01-11-2019, 08:16 AM   #2
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Previous gen was 3,300lbs, if they managed to cut weight off of it with the new platform, that's 10:1 territory, sadly Asian market only; I'd probably daily this thing.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:17 AM   #3
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Wait, a maual RWD sedan from Toyota?

Why isn't it here already????

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Old 01-11-2019, 09:21 AM   #4
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Wait, a maual RWD sedan from Toyota?

Why isn't it here already????

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Because people would bitch that its not an SS, or some bull**** like that.


"315 hp? Infiniti did that ten years ago! Toyota's always doing things halfass."
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:41 AM   #5
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Lol. 6 speed in this but not the new Supra? *Golf Clap*
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:08 AM   #6
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actually a nice-looking car, aside from the jagged bottom of the headlights.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:32 AM   #7
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Because no one would buy it.
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Because no one would buy it.
hey hey, I would, that makes like 3 people in the US that would..

also, since it's the 3.5L, doesn't Toyota make a TRD supercharger that bolts on? shenanigans could occur....
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:53 AM   #9
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This is ****ing awesome! Toyota, bring it here! Call it the Cressida, JDM fans would head assplode! Toyota is getting their groove back.
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hey hey, I would, that makes like 3 people in the US that would..

also, since it's the 3.5L, doesn't Toyota make a TRD supercharger that bolts on? shenanigans could occur....
Exactly!

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hey hey, I would, that makes like 3 people in the US that would..

also, since it's the 3.5L, doesn't Toyota make a TRD supercharger that bolts on? shenanigans could occur....
So given all the cars out there and the fact that this would likely start out at $35k, you’d 100% go buy this today if available today?
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So given all the cars out there and the fact that this would likely start out at $35k, you’d 100% go buy this today if available today?
Yes I would; obviously I'd prefer to buy it in the spring so I don't have to run a brand new car through a New England winter, but if someone from my local Toyota dealer called me up and said I could have one in my chosen color starting at 35k I'd jump on it; I wouldn't even want that many options anyways, LSD & roof are all I'd care for. At 35k it would be a performance bargain in today's market, with the option of slapping a TRD supercharger on it and go Mustang/Camaro hunting? ultimate sleeper, I'd probably slap Camry badges on it to mess with people.

Give me a list of 10lb:1hp four door rwd cars with manual transmissions in the USDM starting at 35k for that performance level.
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So given all the cars out there and the fact that this would likely start out at $35k, you’d 100% go buy this today if available today?
Yeah, I've been looking at cars in the $40-$50k range.

Once I sell my BRZ, I'm getting something else to replace both the BRZ and will trade in the Impreza (offset state tax). It'll be RWD or AWD, sedan or wagon, prefer manual but can do automatic if the right kind (like ZF in Alfa).

Currently watching '12 CTSV 6MT on bring a trailer with low mileage. If that's mid 40s just before close, I'm bidding on it.

I'd buy a new Chevy SS if it were available, or maybe even a used one again.

Also considering Volvo S60 or V60. I could stretch a little and get a '19 Volvo V60 RDesign, but I have a hard time with that since there's going to be little to no wiggle room on price, as it's order only (no dealer stock).

Competition to owning a new V60, is a '19 Alfa Giulia Ti Sport AWD with Ti Sport performance package (diff).

Also been drooling over gently used '17 Alfa Quadrifoglios for another $5-8k over the Volvo (really stretching things, would have to be in excellent condition with little to no service issues).

In that group, I would definitly consider a Toyota RWD sedan for the right price.

Yet woudln't think of owning a Genesis G70 3.3 Sport, just because I think >$50k for one of those is ... crazy. And I don't fit in a Stinger (headliner rubs head with seat all the way down).

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This is ****ing awesome! Toyota, bring it here! Call it the Cressida, JDM fans would head assplode! Toyota is getting their groove back.
that's basically what it is. New Cressida incarnation.
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wow a decently clean front end from Toyota. I could see this thing eating into Camry sales and not to mention police fleet sales
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Yeah, I've been looking at cars in the $40-$50k range.

Once I sell my BRZ, I'm getting something else to replace both the BRZ and will trade in the Impreza (offset state tax). It'll be RWD or AWD, sedan or wagon, prefer manual but can do automatic if the right kind (like ZF in Alfa).

Currently watching '12 CTSV 6MT on bring a trailer with low mileage. If that's mid 40s just before close, I'm bidding on it.
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Instead of Cressida, call it Chaser or Cresta and for sure JDM dorifuto fanbois in the US will snatch these up. Other than the headlights, this car looks pretty good.
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Yeah, I've been looking at cars in the $40-$50k range.

Once I sell my BRZ, I'm getting something else to replace both the BRZ and will trade in the Impreza (offset state tax). It'll be RWD or AWD, sedan or wagon, prefer manual but can do automatic if the right kind (like ZF in Alfa).

Currently watching '12 CTSV 6MT on bring a trailer with low mileage. If that's mid 40s just before close, I'm bidding on it.

I'd buy a new Chevy SS if it were available, or maybe even a used one again.

Also considering Volvo S60 or V60. I could stretch a little and get a '19 Volvo V60 RDesign, but I have a hard time with that since there's going to be little to no wiggle room on price, as it's order only (no dealer stock).

Competition to owning a new V60, is a '19 Alfa Giulia Ti Sport AWD with Ti Sport performance package (diff).

Also been drooling over gently used '17 Alfa Quadrifoglios for another $5-8k over the Volvo (really stretching things, would have to be in excellent condition with little to no service issues).

In that group, I would definitly consider a Toyota RWD sedan for the right price.

Yet woudln't think of owning a Genesis G70 3.3 Sport, just because I think >$50k for one of those is ... crazy. And I don't fit in a Stinger (headliner rubs head with seat all the way down).

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My wife has been bitching about her commuter Mazda 3 being FWD, says it's not fun to drive. At 35k she would be very interested. Bring it over
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Your wife needs a manual GC RS to break up the commuter doldrums. My wife was the same with her GTI. Low $ outlay for big smiles.
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Your wife needs a manual GC RS to break up the commuter doldrums. My wife was the same with her GTI. Low $ outlay for big smiles.
That would be a horrible choice. We never get snow, it gets poor mileage due to AWD, outdated safety standards, no modern amenities such as adaptive cruise lane keep assist, heated seats or heated wheel.
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Of course it's not going to come here.
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:49 AM   #25
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This is ****ing awesome! Toyota, bring it here! Call it the Cressida, JDM fans would head assplode! Toyota is getting their groove back.
I really liked the original Cressida - nice looking car. I almost bought one, but then bought a used '82 Supra instead. Supra had the same engine as the Cressida. I kicked myself after finding out the '82 Supra was rated at 145 hp, and it jumped to 155hp for '83. Then regretted it again when the '86 came with a turbo.
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