7 May 2014

2014 Mitsuoka Final Orochi Sports Car (Photo and Features)

The Mitsuoka Orochi is a Japanese sports car designed and built by Mitsuoka Motors as a concept car in 2001, with updates and revisions to the design appearing in 2003 and 2005, before finally being put into production and offered for sale in late 2006 as a 2007 model.

The car takes its name from the mythical Yamata no Orochi 8-headed Japanese dragon. Mitsuoka says "Orochi is the car to ride to gather attention from everyone", and categorizes this car as a "Fashion-Super Car". (Source: Wikipedia)
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Japanese auto maker Mitsuoka Motor president Akio Mitsuoka (R) and designer Takanori Aoki display the company's sports car Final Orochi, in Tokyo.

Mitsuoka Motor Co. has revealed the latest--and final--edition of its custom-designed Orochi sports car.

Only five units will hit the market, the Toyama-based company, which specializes in small-lot production of custom-designed vehicles, said April 23.

Company President Akio Mitsuoka said further development of Orochi models will likely be difficult from a cost perspective because electronic stability control will be required on new models starting in October under vehicle safety standards.

First unveiled in 2007, the Orochi, named for an eight-headed dragon in Japanese folklore, won car buffs’ attention for its masculine and reptilian low-rider design. About 130 units have been sold to date.
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Japanese auto maker Mitsuoka Motor president Akio Mitsuoka (R) and designer Takanori Aoki display the company's sports car Final Orochi.

The new Orochi is equipped with a 3.3-liter, 233-horsepower engine produced by Toyota Motor Corp. Priced at a tax-inclusive 12.7 million yen, it features a color lineup that includes purple and white.

The Orochi's interior is fully trimmed with leather. The car is also equipped with motorized wing mirrors and windows, A/C, airbags, low-beam side HID, an immobilizer, and a Panasonic satnav.
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