In Appreciation of the New Toyota Century

Lexus Toyota Century

For the first time in 21 years, a new Toyota Century sedan is on sale in Japan. The limousine’s classic design has been tastefully updated, with the type of luxury normally associated with the company’s Lexus brand:

The detail work is astounding — the phoenix badge is hand-carved by a master craftsman over six weeks, the front grille has a infinite loop patterned backdrop based on a traditional Japanese design, and the black exterior paint uses a seven-stage process similar to Ultrasonic Blue Mica and Infrared from the Lexus color palette.

Much like the Lexus LS, the Century boasts an expansive rear cabin, with a massaging seat, personal climate controls, and a 11.6-inch entertainment system:

Toyota has replaced the previous generation’s bespoke 5.0L V12 engine with the 5.0L V8 hybrid powertrain found in the fourth-generation LS 600h. The total system horsepower is 425 horsepower and 376 lb.ft of torque.

The Century will retail for ¥19.6 million ($178,000 USD) and is available in four colors: black, silver, blue and burgundy. Only 50 will be sold each month.