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JDM Traditional Japanese Car Toyota Aristo

The Aristo is a luxury sedan that was manufactured and sold by Toyota Motor Corporation from 1991 to 2005.

The name "Aristo" is derived from the philosopher Aristotle, whose name means "best and excellent" in English and "highest purpose" in Greek.
The name well expresses the characteristics of the Aristo, such as its outstanding dynamic performance and interior space designed to provide the ultimate in comfort.


The first-generation Aristo was launched in October 1991.
The design of the Aristo was created at Italdesign based on the Jaguar XJ40 and the prototype Jaguar Kensington, and refined for mass production.
In addition, the basic configuration shared the chassis, mechanism, etc. with the Crown Majesta, which was launched at the same time.
The exterior of the Aristo was characterized by its sporty appearance, which emphasized a powerful, dynamic, wide and low body with a long nose and short deck, and a slightly large body size of approximately 4,900 mm in length and 1,800 mm in width, while keeping the overall height at 1,420 mm.

The Aristo's powertrains included the twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE (280 PS) "3.0V" and the NA 2JZ-GE (230 PS) "3.0Q", both powered by straight-six 3.0L DOHC engines. In addition, a 4WD model "4.0Z i-Four" equipped with a 1UZ-FE type V8 4.0L DOHC engine, which was installed in the Celsior, was added in the middle of the model lineup, making three grades.
The straight 6 twin-turbo "2JZ-GTE" engine mounted on the 300V was the first engine to be mounted on the Supra, and was also called the fastest sedan produced in Japan.
A minor change in August 1995 brought enhanced safety equipment, with ABS, dual airbags for the driver and front passenger, and seatbelts with pretensioners as standard equipment for all models.


The second-generation Aristo was introduced in August 1997.
The body design of the second-generation Aristo was a complete change from the previous generation, and although the shape of the headlamps was redesigned, the basic design policy remained the same as the previous generation. The body size is 4,805 mm (overall length) x 1,800 mm (overall width) x 1,435 mm (overall height), and while the overall length has been shortened by 60 mm, the overall width and height have been increased by 5 mm and 30 mm, respectively.
In addition, a new platform was used from the second generation, and this platform became the basic specification for Toyota's subsequent RWD sedans.

In terms of powertrains, the V8 engine grades that existed in the first generation were eliminated, leaving only the twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE (280 PS) "V300" and the NA 2JZ-GE (230 PS) "S300.
In addition, each has a "Vertex Edition" with buffed and polished aluminum wheels and a black interior. Safety equipment included ABS and SRS dual airbag system, as well as SRS side airbag system, brake assist, and VSC, an anti-skid system.

Unfortunately, production ended in December 2004, bringing an end to its 14-year history.