A recipe for success starts with one of Toyota's best rear-wheel drive platforms and a 232kW six-cylinder

Then sprinkle on all the options – a sunroof, air-conditioned leather seats and factory aero – to make it just right

The 2008 Toyota Crown Athlete – known as the ‘GRS204’ – is the automotive equivalent of a Swiss army knife.

It’s an extremely versatile vehicle with plenty of power, driving the right (rear) wheels and with more features than your mate’s BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 engine with 232kW/ 377Nm. Codenamed ‘2GR’, it’s a naturally-aspirated mill that’s done time in everything from high-end Lexus product through to your Nan’s Toyota Kluger.

Call it a workhorse; it’s dependable, reliable as sin, and even powered a Toyota Tarago to a hilarious victory against a Porsche at Sydney Motorsport Park (watch here).

It’s plenty fast and the six-speed auto shifts crisply, too. The front-end utilises a double-wishbone setup for maximum control, whilst the rear benefits from a precise multi-link rear suspension that puts both American and Euro metal to shame.

You can’t argue against it; other than the fact it looks a bit like a Toyota Camry.

The car pictured – 2008 Toyota Crown Athlete G (GRS204)

Our Toyota Crown Athlete G was built in December 2018 and was purchased from USS Tokyo (Japan) as a 4.0B grade vehicle.

As top-spec ‘G’ variant, it features keyless entry and start, leather trim, heated and cooled electric front seats, a sunroof, a rear-view and side-view camera, a rear electric sun blind, rear heated seats with electric adjustment, and cruise control.

It was also optioned with a factory aero kit and sports suspension. The auction sheet states ‘user purchased’ – or one private owner – and notes minor blemishes in-line with its age.

Its factory touchscreen infotainment system can be upgraded to support Apple CarPlay / Android Auto by our workshop.

The ‘2GR’ Toyota engine was sold in Australia, so parts are readily available. We also keep a stock holding of genuine Toyota and aftermarket parts like oil/air filters, spark plugs + more.

Either way, our workshop can assist with maintenance and parts.

Quick facts

  • 2008 Toyota Crown Athlete (GRS204)
  • Top-spec ‘G’ model
  • 113,238km
  • 3.5-litre V6 with 232kW / 377Nm
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Factory aero kit
  • Factory sunroof
  • Leather trim
  • Heated & cooled front seats
  • Heated & electric rear seats
  • Rear electric sun blind
  • Rear view + Side view camera
  • Cruise control
  • Japanese de-registration paperwork and auction paperwork available.
  • Price includes SEVS compliance
The 13th-generation Crown retains the sense of poise and reliability that characterises the Crown series, which has earned a reputation as the leader among luxury vehicles in Japan for over more than half a century.
Toyota Japan, launch of all-new Toyota Crown (2008)

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