Japanese automaker Mitsuoka has revealed the production version of it's unique-looking mid-engined Orochi sports car, along with the car's production plans, pricing, and specifications. The Orochi, named for an eight-headed serpent out of Japanese folklore, first appeared as a 2001 concept car, and from the looks of things, the production vehicle stays very true to the concept. The 3.3L V6 mounted aft of the passenger compartment is Toyota's well-known 3MZ-FE, which sees duty in the Camry, Solara, Sienna, Highlander, and Lexus RX (hybrid and standard versions). It makes around 230 horsepower and is connected to a Toyota 5-speed automatic. The decision was made to place efficiency and ease of use ahead of high performance. Speaking of performance, no numbers were released along with the technical specifications, but don't expect anything earth-shattering. The car's average power, combined with a weight of approximately 3,400 pounds (around 100 less than a Solara), is not a recipe for big-time track numbers. In Japan, though, exclusivity seems to trump all, and that's a commodity the Orichi has in abundance. So what if it has just 230 horsepower? In Japan, arriving anywhere in one of these will bestow instant superstar status upon the driver. 400 Orochis will be built over the next four years, each costing ¥10,500,000 (around $89,000 USD). Technical Specifications: Total length / Width / Total height = 4560mm / 2035mm / 1180mm Wheelbase: 2600mm Ground Clearance: 130mm Vehicle weight: 1580kg Passengers: 2 Engine: 3.3L V6DOHC (Toyota 3MZ-FE) Max output: 233ps (172kW) at 5600rpm Max torque: 33.4kg-m (328Nm) at 4400rpm Fuel capacity: 60 liters (unleaded premium) Transmission: 5-speed AT (Toyota) Drive system: Mid-engine/rear drive Suspension: front and rear double wishbone Tires: Front: 245/45ZR18, Rear: 285/40ZR18 Body: hand made FRP make body Door: side impact door with built-in steel beams Chassis: handmade steel space frame Equipment: Low-beam side HID, motorized door mirror, airbags, automatic A/C, the Panasonic HDD Navigation, power windows, immobilizer, and full leather interior all standard.
Mitsuoka Orochi Sports Concept Car Video