Debonair V

1986

Debonair V

The Debonair V was launched in August 1986 as a front-engine/front-drive luxury personal sedan after the first full model change in 22 years. Taking the V from VIP, no effort was spared in creating a mainstream luxury sedan to serve as the company's top-end model. Defined by orthodox and flavored with a modern taste of chic, its styling gave the car a marked road presence. Four coats of color paint, each individually baked, gave the body a high gloss finish. It was powered by a new V6 engine with a super-fast intake system utilizing the intake air momentum, a high-squish and compact combustion chamber design and a dual exhaust system that eliminated interference and increased exhaust gas speed. The ECI-MULTI high-performance injection system contributed to outstanding performance particularly at low- and mid-engine speeds. With its new FWD layout, the car delivered responsive and reassuring performance with comfortable cruising guaranteed. Befitting its luxury sedan status, a number of original items were developed for the equipment specification. The Debonair V was the first Japanese car to use a "high tilt" steering column that tilted up when the door was opened to facilitate driver entry and exit. Pressing in the cigar lighter activated an exhaust fan in the dual climate control system to automatically vent cigarette smoke from the car, a world first. Among other features that defined it as a luxury personal sedan, the Debonair V was also the first Japanese car to be available with a hands-free car telephone system. The lineup included a 3000 Royal AMG performance model tuned in a tie-up with the German tuning company AMG.

Overall length 4865 mm
Overall width 1725 mm
Overall height 1440 mm
Engines 2.0 L, 3.0 L