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Mitsuoka Orochi

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As we all know, Mitsuoka Motors is a small Japanese car maker that build cars with eccentric styling. Today, we are going to put our hands on the unconventional and the only super cars produced by Mitsuoka – The Mitsuoka Orochi. First look, do you feel it looks like a legendary super car from Honda? Yes, we mean the NSX. The Orochi is built based on the Honda NSX platform and it was first debut at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. Some visitors who attended the Motor Show wowed a few times while some nayed a several times. Some people love the design but some feel it is the ugliest super cars ever made by Japanese.

Other than the look, some people nay because of the name – Mitsuoka Orochi or ???? in Japanese. The direct translation ?? (Chinese) literally means “Big Snake”. In fact, the head of the car does look like a big snake. However, for some people who love the shape of the car, will scream for it because it is one of a kind. There are no other super cars in the market similar to the Orochi. Let’s see what makes it a unique sports car.

Mitsuoka Orochi

Engine and Performance

The mid-engined sports car is powered a 3.3-liter 3MZ-FE V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces a mere 230 HP (172 kW) and a maximum of 328 Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The engine sound very familiar when one of our crew rev on it. This is because the V6 cylinder is the same found in the fifth generation Camry. Thanks to the light weight body which weighs 1580kg, the car is capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. On the other hand, the NSX feel-alike Orochi has a top speed of ONLY 180 km/h (112mph) during full throttle.

Suspension wise, the front and rear are fitted with double wishbone suspension. Standard front tires are 245/45ZR18 and rear tires are 285/40ZR18. Based on the performance and the specs, what do you prefer to call this car? Super car? Exotic car? Sports car or super exotic sports car?

Interior

Mitsuoka Orochi Interior

When we sat into the car, it seems like a time machine that brought us back to the interior of a Honda NSX. It does feel like the Nissan 300ZX too. The interior of Orochi is trimmed with full leather. Standard features include motorized door mirror, automatic air-conditioning, a Panasonic HDD Navigation at the center, power windows, immobilizer, and three beautiful yet practical gauges in front of the steering wheel. Safety features include airbags, side impact door with built-in steel beams, and handmade steel space frame.

Price

It is roughly ¥10,500,000 (~$131,600 USD) and limited to only 20 units. For those who really love this sports car that has unconventional style, place your order now before it is too late.

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