Toyota’s rear-wheel drive sedans such as the Chaser and Mark II have long been the choice of drifters in Japan. A powerful turbo engine coupled with a manual transmission makes it easy to drift out of the box. In more recent years however, Toyota no longer offers a manual on their high performance sedans.
That is until now.
Introduced at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota appears to be continuously expanding its Gazoo Racing line up with the introduction of the Mark X GRMN – a new high performance sedan which features a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 paired with a 6-speed manual transmission sending power to the rear-wheels.
For those who don’t know, the Mark X is essentially the successor of the long-running Toyota Mark II sedan. That said, the Mark X is not really known in the Philippines or the North American markets as Toyota only offered it in a select number of markets, mainly being Japan.
The Mark X GRMN seen here is based on the second generation model, which was first introduced back in 2009. While the design may be old, the folks over at Toyota Gazoo Racing however has given it a complete make over to give it a sportier characteristic.
For starters, the body itself has been reinforced by adding in adding 252 additional spot welds all over the chassis. Under the hood, the 2GR-FE V6 continues to produce 318 PS and 380 Nm of torque but now features a 6-speed manual transmission sending power to the rear wheels.
In order to help it go fast around corners, the Mark X GRMN has been fitted with a Gazoo Racing tuned suspension, 19-inch forged aluminum BBS wheels, and large front and rear brakes. An optional carbon fiber roof can make it more agile by shedding an additional 10kg. GRMN badges all around and a small carbon fiber spoiler completes the external changes.
Inside, the features Gazoo Racing seats and a full black panels to give it a sportier appearance.
The Mark X GRMN will be limited to only 350 units and will be exclusive to Japan only.