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(AutoBlog)   Have you ever said, 'I wish I could find a Rolls-Royce knockoff with the style of a Toyota, including cheesy cloth seats'? Well, today is your lucky day   ( autoblog.com) divider line
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2017-10-05 02:36:35 PM  
4 votes:
Toyoya Century is a nice car.

Wouldn't call it a Rolls knockoff. It's designed for Japanese executives and government officials to look relatively inconspicuous and modest from the outside (you don't want to stick out too much in Japan, not even as ceo of a major company) but still very comfortable inside.

When I lived in Japan I rode one almost daily for my work (well I didn't drive, we had a driver), very comfortable ride.
2017-10-05 02:15:15 PM  
4 votes:
I am by no means an automotive / mechanical / engineering / [other] expert, but 280hp out of a V12 up to 2016? That sounds... laughably underwhelming, right? What the hell is the point? Shiat, my 2013 Sonata's 4-banger puts out 274hp; am I just missing something here?
2017-10-05 08:12:22 PM  
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2017-10-05 09:05:38 PM  
2 votes:

bikkurikun: Toyoya Century is a nice car.

Wouldn't call it a Rolls knockoff. It's designed for Japanese executives and government officials to look relatively inconspicuous and modest from the outside (you don't want to stick out too much in Japan, not even as ceo of a major company) but still very comfortable inside.

When I lived in Japan I rode one almost daily for my work (well I didn't drive, we had a driver), very comfortable ride.


This, Subby's an idiot, etc.

The Century is the car that says you're a rich important mofo who is refined enough to not be all flashy about it.  Which is kind of flash in and of itself.  Sort of the difference between being driven in a Bristol and being driven in a Bentley on 26" spinners.

/more trivia:  The Century was the first car in the world with rear-seat airbags
2017-10-05 07:10:16 PM  
2 votes:
This looks like something my grandparents would have found fancy 30 years ago.
2017-10-05 11:31:01 PM  
1 vote:
Looks more like a Bentley to me.  More of a 'town car' than a house in the country.
2017-10-05 11:13:50 PM  
1 vote:

Mister Peejay: Leather is also pretty shiatty.  Cloth seats are much nicer to actually have to live with.  Granted, neither has the pure bliss of *velour*, but i think that particular gem never managed to cross either ocean.

/seriously, wtf is with leather.  it's cold in the winter, it's hot in the summer, and it cracks before the car's paid off
/has a car with leather seats.  it farking sucks.  next car will also have leather seats, because Volvo for some stupid-ass reason didn't make any of their good cars with cloth interior


leather is easy to clean
2017-10-05 10:15:26 PM  
1 vote:
Leather is also pretty shiatty.  Cloth seats are much nicer to actually have to live with.  Granted, neither has the pure bliss of *velour*, but i think that particular gem never managed to cross either ocean.

/seriously, wtf is with leather.  it's cold in the winter, it's hot in the summer, and it cracks before the car's paid off
/has a car with leather seats.  it farking sucks.  next car will also have leather seats, because Volvo for some stupid-ass reason didn't make any of their good cars with cloth interior
2017-10-05 09:02:19 PM  
1 vote:

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: I am by no means an automotive / mechanical / engineering / [other] expert, but 280hp out of a V12 up to 2016? That sounds... laughably underwhelming, right? What the hell is the point? Shiat, my 2013 Sonata's 4-banger puts out 274hp; am I just missing something here?


There is a gentleman's agreement in Japan to not make more than 276/280hp.  (Sort of like how all American high performance cars in the 1960s made "425" horsepower, or how all German cars that aren't Porsche are speed limited to 250km/h)  This is where you see things like, for instance, Toyota Supras or Mitsubishi 3000GTs making over 300hp in the USA but 276hp in Japan.  And sometimes it's the exact same everything, just different numbers on the sales brochure.  For Mazda Cosmos that made a genuine 276hp but the computer started cutting boost early so that they were only making 4psi by redline, so the power curve was a flat 276 from here to eternity.  Or Nissan Skylines that genuinely did make 276hp, and there were marks on certain vacuum hoses where you needed to remove restrictor pills to make the 400hp that the engine was actually engineered for.

/trivia:  In the DaimlerChrysler era, the Mercedes execs drove Chrysler 300s because they weren't German, and therefore weren't limited to 155mph.  You could do 170mph in a Hemi 300 but the E-class it was based on was limited to 155)
/more trivia:  Pontiac also deliberately detuned a bunch of their 455ci Firebirds for insurance reasons, there was a little tab that kept the carburetor from opening all the way,  Which was easily fixed with a pair of pliers.
2017-10-05 07:13:39 PM  
1 vote:

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: I am by no means an automotive / mechanical / engineering / [other] expert, but 280hp out of a V12 up to 2016? That sounds... laughably underwhelming, right? What the hell is the point? Shiat, my 2013 Sonata's 4-banger puts out 274hp; am I just missing something here?


There was a gentleman's agreement among Japanese car manufacturers not to produce cars that have over 276 HP.

My guess is that since this is such a traditional car, they have stuck to that tradition, even they though stopped following that agreement a long time ago.
2017-10-05 02:49:40 PM  
1 vote:
I think these things are awesome, and I am glad Toyota is sticking to it's roots. It is definitely not for American consumption though.
 
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