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The V-12 Toyota Century offers timeless luxury the Japanese way
Both the 1967–97 and the current Toyota flagships pack V-8 engines, but the 1997–2016, second-generation Century came with Toyota's first V-12. Offering 355 lb-ft of torque, this hand-built 5.0-liter, 48-valve, VVT-i engine also features two ECUs, so that if one cylinder bank failed for any reason, the car could continue its journey on six cylinders. The Century was designed this way because for Toyota, flawless reliability is the ultimate measure of luxury.
As a domestic market product, Toyota's flagship sedans were never supposed to compete with the likes of Rolls-Royce or Bentley; instead, the Japanese brand marketed the Century as a product one could acquire through persistent work. A lot of work, that is, given that in 2018, the third-generation car was introduced with a price tag of $178,000.