2015 Toyota Mark X GRMN revealed, JDM performance sedan

December 24, 2014

Toyota has taken the wraps of a special performance edition of its JDM family sedan, called the 2015 Toyota Mark X GRMN. It’s inspired by a concept vehicle from earlier in the year.

2015 Toyota Mark X GRMN edition-drift

The Mark X is the Japanese Domestic Market large sedan from Toyota, featuring a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. It has earned itself quite the following over the years, perhaps best know as the Toyota Chaser; a variant level below the Mark X.

For the special GRMN edition there’s a carbon fibre roof to reduce weight and to lower the centre of gravity, a sporty front bumper bar with black highlights and aggressive intakes, black side mirrors, and a set of matching dark 19-inch alloy wheels.

In the engine compartment sits a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 producing a healthy 236kW of power and 380Nm of torque. It’s hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission and a solid Torsen limited-slip differential. There’s no speak of acceleration figures that we can report.

To help the Mark X handle even better than it already does, there’s a unique sports suspension system underneath which brings the sedan lower to the ground. A set of performance brakes is added for extra driving confidence, while chassis braces are bolted up for improved handling response.

Lastly, Toyota has enhanced the interior for a more bespoke, clubsport feel. There’s a set of bolstered seats, a three-spoke sports steering wheel, and a smattering of piano black and carbon fibre trimmings. There’s also suede sections and red stitching for contrast.

Toyota Japan is planning to build just 100 examples of the Mark X GRMN. Prices start at 5.4 million yen (about AU$55,300). It’s a shame Toyota Australia doesn’t offer these awesome sedans.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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