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Toyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof concept unveiled in Tokyo [video]

Concept hints at how Toyota could use carbon fiber in mainstream models

Gazoo Racing has officially unveiled the Toyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Designed to capitalize on the lightweight construction techniques pioneered on the Lexus LFA, the Mark X G Sports has been equipped with a carbon fiber roof that enables the car to weigh 6 kg (13 lbs) less than the standard model. The reduced weight also lowers the car's center of gravity by 3.5mm.

Power is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 318 HP (234 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

Source: Toyota / Gazoo Racing

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Toyota Mark X G Sports Carbon Roof

Adopt a carbon roof that dropped without having to MARK-X G's which launched in October 2012, has earned a high evaluation, exhaustive, the know-how gained in the development of carbon LFA. With lighter 6kg, reducing the burden on low fuel consumption and legs around the roof. By high center of gravity down to 3.5mm, winding stable low center of gravity can also be used to. I realized in a high-dimensional sporty driving performance. Sports items with image suitable for sports leader of "G's" is sure to lead to a breakthrough to a higher place.

Carbon Roof

By employing a carbon roof achieve lighter 6kg. Lowering the center of gravity of the vehicle is also 3.5mm high. I have further improved driving performance. Adopt special clear coating for carbon further. Achieve a beautiful form by making use of carbon fiber weave pattern while ensuring weather resistance.

Roof Mall

Very light and strong carbon. The specific gravity thing better than one-quarter of the iron, the intensity ratio is about 10 times that of iron. Worthy of such a carbon roof, mall dedicated painted black. I while taking advantage of the texture of carbon fiber, production design looks more stylish.

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DdW
Toyota might want to consider implementing such lightweight-saving materials for two or three mainstream models, such as the bread and butter Corolla. It would become a attractive proposition against the likes of Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer and Subaru Impreza.
Jan 12, 2013 10:47 pm
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techie69
There are some Toyota executives so caught into the conservative ways that they are very timid to place anymore 'exciting' products so they don't loose the reliable plebian image, any new stuff is left upto to the CEO to take upon himself to make that decision.
Jan 13, 2013 3:11 pm
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AlikMalix
Wow a Toyota Mark "X" and a "G" and a "Sports", and Audi/Kia LED lights... I'm about to pee with excitement. They cant stick enough clutter on this car, cant they?
Jan 12, 2013 1:42 am
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dmanero
Love the front end, would look perfect for the camery. A car that needs that aggressiveness
Jan 11, 2013 10:45 pm
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peterg
This is the equivalent of a Lexus IS in Japan
Jan 11, 2013 4:49 pm
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pzxpjy
Mark X is based on Crown's RWD platform, which has nothing to do with Lexus IS. Marx X is also on sale here in China, priced a little bit above the Camry and less than the half of the IS.
Jan 12, 2013 3:29 am
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peterg
MarkX has the same engine and transmissions as IS. I know I owned two
Jan 12, 2013 5:31 am
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pzxpjy
No, the same powertrain does not mean the same platform. C-class and E-class share many engines and transmissions, but they are not on the same platform.
Jan 13, 2013 5:38 am
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pzxpjy
Mark X is regarded as a tuner's car in Japan, Hong Kong and Mainland China, a spiritual successor to the Toyopet's Mark II and Toyota Vista's Verossa. Some tuners even placed the IS F powertrain into the Mark X.
Jan 13, 2013 5:59 am
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Siawa
Looks interesting.
Jan 11, 2013 4:29 pm
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