Toyota Mark X revealed: Naturally aspirated V6, manual gearbox

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2019 Toyota Mark X GRMN

The rear-wheel-drive saloon features a carbon fibre roof.

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 saloons with naturally aspirated engines. The car’s design might not scream performance, but the new Mark X GRMN packs some serious power channelled to the rear wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox to the delight of purists.

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2019 Toyota Mark X GRMN

At the heart of the tail-happy saloon is the familiar 3.5-litre V6 with 313 bhp and 280 pound-feet of torque on tap. Special tuning of the front and rear suspension makes the saloon more nimble and agile, while the electric power steering and stability control system have been tweaked as well.

2019 Toyota Mark X GRMN

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

2019 Toyota Mark X GRMN
2019 Toyota 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 fibre accents to spruce things up.

2019 Toyota Mark X GRMN

Carrying the top-tier GRMN badge, the sporty saloon 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 £37,217 at current exchange rates) before options to get behind the wheel of the Mark X GRMN.