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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Had You ever thought if Orochi could become rare unique street monster?

Wild ONES When talking about Japanese car brands, we will immediately mention Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Nissan, Mazda, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi, Isuzu or maybe Subaru. This is understandable because all those Japanese brands are very well known by the public throughout the world.
This Mitsuoka Orochi looks cool and stylish using the Liberty Walk's widebody kit, while appeared at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon as the show car of a Japanese aftermarket lights maker, Sphere Light. (Picture from: id.Motor1)
But did you know that Japan also has many other car manufacturers and one of them is Mitsuoka Motor. Well, it is one of many small Japanese car companies, and is well known for building unique cars with unconventional styling, some of which are modern while others imitate the look of American, European and particularly British retro cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
The first Mitsuoka Orochi Concept unveiled at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show and built based on the Honda NSX platform. (Picture from: Automobiles-Japonaises)
Mitsuoka Motor is also known as the main distributor of the retro-classic TD2000 roadster in Japan. It could be said that Mitsuoka Motor is primarily a custom design coachbuilder, customizing production cars, e.g., the Nissan March, and replacing various aspects of the bodywork for sale worldwide.
The Mitsuoka Orochi Nude Top convertible version is unveiled at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Shown. (Picture from: Automobiles-Japonaises)
As time went by, the company then paved the path for its-owned sports car which became known as the Mitsuoka Orochi when in 2001 the company created a sports car concept based on the Honda NSX platform and launched for the first time at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show, then followed by unveiling its convertible version named the Orochi Nude Top at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Mitsuoka Orochi Kabuto Concept is unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and retained the Orochi's basic construction, but has been fitted with carbon fiber panels, a body kit, and a rear spoiler. (Picture from: Automobiles-Japonaises)
As quoted of Wikipedia, the name of this sports car made by Mitsuoka Motor is inspired by a Japanese legendary mythological creature named Yamato no Orochi (an eight-headed and eight-tailed dragon/serpent). Uniquely, not only the name is inspired by those legendary mythological creature, it turns out that the design of the two-seater sports car as well. So it is not surprising that the car's design looks very out of the box, and always able to take our sights to it. Well, something unusual, almost always able to take our sights to it.
The Mitsuoka Orochi Zero known as a cheaper alternative to the Orochi due to it had fewer metal-plated accessory parts, synthetic leather, and reduced soundproofing around the engine to reduce costs. (Picture from: Pinterest)
As quoted of Car and Driver, as its name indicates, the Mitsuoka Orochi has reptilian design with the headlamp and rear combination lamp have a design motif of piercing eyes that transfix the prey. The air intake something eerie on the front bumper eerily suggests the upper and lower jaws of a python, poised to strike the prey with sharp fangs.
The Mitsuoka Orochi Gold Premium has both an additional front and rear spoiler and modified variable note exhaust system with four tail pipes as opposed to two on the standard Orochi and is unveiled in the 2010. (Picture from: Wikiwand)
Although it looks weird and quirky to some, who also sometimes give negative reviews related to its appearance. However it is in accordance with the the company mission, as stated by Susumu Mitsuoka, the President of Mitsuoka Motor said that the Mitsuoka Orochi was designed to be a prestigious car that would attract everyone's attention. If the Orochi passes on the road, it will certainly make other vehicle drivers or people directly turn their heads to see it and frown due to its very unusual design.
The Mitsuoka Orochi Final Edition is known as the final model after the company announced the Orochi discontinued in 2014 and in order to celebrate its production run. (Picture from: TopSpeed)
If its appearance can distract people when they see it, then what about its performance? Under Mitsuoka Orochi's hood lies an unspectacular 233-hp six-cylinder with capacity of 3.3-litre mounted at the stern and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, in fact that's the same engine of the fifth-generation Toyota Camry. So by such those engine power could be made Orochi accelerates from rest to 100 kph in about 6 seconds. Well, in terms of performance Mitsuoka Orochi was mediocre as it considered not too impressive, but not too slow.
The Mitsuoka Orochi Seven Eleven Evangelion Limited Edition has unique multi-coloured paint scheme appearance inspired by Evanglion, one of Japanese anime series of the 1990s and built based on the Gold Premium platform. (Picture from: Kumparan)
Due to in each production series, Mitsuoka Orochi is always produced in limited quantities, namely between 5 to 20 units. Besides that, these Mitsuoka Motor's sports cars were produced in a relatively short time, namely between 2006 and 2014. Thus, it is not surprising that the car population (estimated there're 400 units ever made) is very limited and rare. Let's take a look at the Orochi sports car series ever made by the automaker company based in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan.
The Mitsuoka Orochi Devilman is built in collaboration with Go Nagai, the creator of a popular Japanese anime titled Devilman Crybaby and unveiled in 2018. (Picture from: Auto-Versity.ru)
The Mitsuoka Orochi first edition launched in 2006/2007 named Orochi Kabuto, and released 5 units only. Then the next series, namely Orochi Zero which was launched in 2008, only made as many as 20 units per-year. Furthermore in 2010 Mitsouka Motors launched the Orochi's next series, namely Orochi Gold Premium only 20 units. Continued in 2014 the Japanese manufacturer decided to launch next edition of the monster, namely Orochi Final Edition, in only 5 units.
In that year Mitsuoka Motors also once made another one unit of these car series with an appearance inspired by Evanglion, one of  Japanese anime series of the 1990s and was named 7-Eleven Evanglion Limited Edition. As the finale edition of Mitsuoka Orochi is Orochi Devilman made in 2018 in collaboration with Go Nagai, the creator of a popular Japanese anime titled Devilman Crybaby.
With its production numbers that is always limited and is now no longer produced, no exaggeration if it is said that the Mitsuoka Orochi series could become a rare car. Really?😌 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MITSUOKA MOTOR | WIKIPEDIA | CARANDDRIVER | AUTOMOBILES-JAPONAISES ]
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