Toyota’s Rolls-Royce for half the money – the incredible 2018 Century
Toyota launched the Century Royal, a 6.15-meter long version produced for the Imperial House of Japan. Specs were the same, but the interior had custom appointments and significantly better comfort. The longer body and the revised internals made the Royal more than 2,000 pounds heavier than the standard model. Only four of these cars were built and word has it that each cost $500,000 to build. The second-generation Century was discontinued in late 2016, after almost 20 years of production.
The combo delivers 394 horsepower, which accounts for a significant improvement over the previous 5.0-liter V-12, which was rated at 276 horses. No info on transmission, but it should have an automatic since the Century hasn’t been offered with a manual since 1975.
The safety package includes the Toyota Safety Sense P collision avoidance support, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert, but the Japanese firm has yet to release the full specs.
Toyota made significant changes under the hood of the Century too. While the previous model was powered by a 5.0-liter V-12 for its entire 20-year career, Toyota dropped the 12-cylinder powerplant in favor of a V-8. But while it has less cylinders, the new unit also displaces five liters, so fans of large-displacement powerplants won’t be disappointed. Dubbed 2UR-FSE, this engine is a version of Toyota’s already iconic UR engine and it’s closely related to the V-8 offered in the previous generation Lexus LS (2008-2017).
But the really big news here is that the new Century also uses a hybrid system. Toyota didn’t have much to say about it, but it did mention its THS II system, which includes a power control unit with low-loss components that help reduce electrical loss by 10 percent and lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries.
Customers who aren’t fans of wool can have the seats wrapped in leather
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