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The Toyota Aristo

The Toyota Aristo
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The Toyota Aristo V300 is a rear wheel drive saloon (sedan) automobile with a front placed engine, sold by Toyota. The Toyota Aristo is a mid-size luxury car sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. The car was launched in 1991 as the Toyota Aristo in Japan. However the Lexus-badged model did not appear until 1993. Now in its fourth generation, the GS sold under the Aristo name in Japan only until the release of the third generation in 2005.

Designed as a performance sedan competing in the mid-luxury class, the GS slots between the entry-level/compact executive IS and full-size/flagship LS, and shares its chassis with one of Toyota’s longest-running platforms: the S-series which has been used under multiple generations of the Toyota Crown premium sedans.

The running specifications

The Toyota Aristo is powered courtesy of a turbocharged engine of 3 litre capacity. This unit features double overhead camshaft valve gear, 6 cylinder layout, and 4 valves per cylinder. It has an output of 276 bhp (280 PS/206 kW) of power at 5600 rpm, and maximum torque of 451 N·m (333 lb·ft/46 kgm) at 3600 rpm. The power is delivered to the wheels via a 4 speed automatic transmission. It weighs a claimed 1680 kg at the kerb.

The Inspiration for the model

Four generations of the GS have been produced since 1993, each available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. V8 engines were offered in the second and third generations, and all-wheel drive and hybrid versions debuted in 2005.

The first two generations had a Japanese domestic market equivalent, the Toyota Aristo (aristo is Greek for “the best”), which was sold from 1991 until the Lexus marque’s domestic debut in 2005. Though largely identical in exterior and interior design, the GS and the Aristo differed in their engine and transmission combinations as well as equipment packages. The GS name stands for Grand Sedan. However, some Lexus importers use the backronymic name, Grand Sport.

Engine performance

The Aristo is known for its superior 2JZ’s tuning mode, although some basic principles are not worth mentioning. It’s no use upgrading the 2JZ-GE. You can certainly buy all the necessary performance cams, ITB, do head porting, mount an aftermarket intake system, headers and performance exhaust system.

The engine has been built to deliver capacity. But the 2JZ-GTE equipped with a simple boost-up will be more powerful and simpler. You can buy a 2JZ-GE turbo kit (Garrett GTX30) with a complete set of details and bolt the 2JZ-GTE pistons on or a thick 3 mm cylinder head gasket. You can also buy a 80 mm throttle body and adjust it on the Greddy E-Manage. As a result, you can get about 450 horsepower.

Final Verdict

The Toyota Aristo is a high end version of the luxurious Toyota models that includes the Lexus. Car enthusiasts can purchase this car from at a reasonable price.



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