Crown Prince Naruhito is Ascending to the Japanese Throne, But His Prized Display Vehicle Won’t Be a Rolls-Royce
Crown Prince Naruhito has transitioned to Emperor Naruhito of Japan as of May 1, 2019, and now that he’s taken the throne it’s time for him to choose a car for his ceremonial parade. Up until now, this has been a Rolls-Royce but, with new leadership comes new desires, and because of this, Rolls-Royce is out and, while you might not believe it, Toyota is in. That’s right; it has been officially confirmed via a press release directly from the Japanese Government that Emperor Naruhito’s new car is, in fact, a Toyota. And, it’s one that we don’t have in the States – it’s a Toyota Century. So what can lead a new Emperor to ditch the luxury that comes with any Rolls-Royce for a Toyota? Well, only the best from Japan’s best automaker – that’s what. It’s not just any Toyota Century that can’t be had in the United States – it’s a one-off Century convertible, and it’s the only one in the world.
Usually when a car is launched on the United Arab Emirates, a series of drifting sessions are a must. The Toyota GT 86 followed this rule when it was launched last month in the UAE. Now, Toyota UAE has announced that the Toyota Emirates Drifting Team led by Ahmed Al Ameri, the UAE drift king, has just been launched and it followed along the same footsteps as the GT-86.
If Am Ameri isn’t a familiar name, then it’s important to know that he was just crowned season’s champion for the second successive time. and now he is showing his skills behind the wheel of a GT-86.
Since making his professional drifting debut in 2010, Ahmed Al Ameri was always loyal to the Toyota brand. As part of the plan, the 27 year-old Abu Dhabi-born driver will be modifying the Toyota 86 in the summer to race it during the remaining 2012 and 2013 championship seasons.
Just days after McLaren released a video to celebrate the launch of the MP4-12C in Abu Dhabi; Toyota has gone down a similar route with its brand new Toyota GT 86, also known as the Scion FR-S in the states.
Although the video may not capture the essence of the largely-covered desert country like the McLaren one does, it does focus on the driving capabilities of the GT 86 immensely with the burnt orange car in question featuring a massive rear wing which could be utilized in future TRD models of the 86, or even in future WRX and STI versions of the very similar Subaru BRZ.
Despite the United Arab Emirates being famous for its oil and incredible wealth, which has led to some of the biggest technological advancements in skyscraper construction ever, the GT 86 may be a hit for the younger side of the population and those whose parents aren’t worth millions, even billions of dollars, as the GT 86 takes the cheap sports car mantra to an entirely new level.
Before you check out the video, keep in mind that the Toyota GT 86 features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Subaru sourced engine kicking out 200HP mated to either a boring automatic transmission, or the much more exciting six-speed manual.