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Japanese royal family gets one-off Toyota Century Convertible

By Chris Odogwu
Publish on September 21, 2019

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Toyota has produced a one-off specially for the new Japanese Emperor. It's the first car made for the royal family in 30 years. Check out features!

One look at the Toyota Century, and Japanese royalty comes to mind. By the looks of it, Toyota has created a one-off design specifically for the coronation of the new emperor, scheduled to hold on October 22, 2019.

Reports gathered by Naijauto.com shows that the new ride is referred to as the “Royal Palace Car”. It was specially designed for the transportation of the country’s emperor, Naruhito. The royal figure will be taken on a ride across some streets in Tokyo down to Akasaka Palace.

The One-Off machine is a successor to the 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche. This is the very first car made for the royal family in the last thirty years.

The Century was created to meet the needs of the royal family, and will be used for crème de le crème events such as the Summer Olympic Games come 2020. There are speculations that the royal vehicle will be put on display for the viewing pleasure of everyone at strategic locations in areas such as Tokyo and Kyoto when it is not being used.

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The Concept is a rare breed specially designed for the Japanese royal family

A product designed in line with the Toyota Century standard, it boasts of a roof that is retractable and a rear end that has been modified. Also offered in the Century are bespoke seats with backrests at 25 degrees angle, making way for the royals to have unrestricted view.

Information about the car is limited at this time, but it is believed to have the powertrain of a Sedan. With this in place, there is the possibility that it offers a hybrid powertrain consisting of a hydride battery. There is also a V8 engine of 5.0 liters producing 376 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Which such features, the Century confidently boasts of 425 hp in total output.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.