Mitsuoka releases Orochi Gold Premium sportscar


June 7, 2010

The distinctive lines of the Orochi Gold Premium sportscar from Mitsuoka Motors

The distinctive lines of the Orochi Gold Premium sportscar from Mitsuoka Motors

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There are a few adjectives that could be used to describe the Orochi sports car from Japanese auto manufacturer Mitsuoka, but we’ll play it safe and go with distinctive. The car first appeared as a concept vehicle based on the Honda NSX platform at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2001 before undergoing some updates and revisions and finally being put into production and offered for sale in late 2006. The company now unveiled the Orochi Gold Premium model.

The Orochi is a two-door rear-wheel drive coupe equipped with a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and Toyota-made 3.3-liter V6 engine providing a maximum output of 233 hp (172 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 328 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. It can go from 0-100 kmh in eight seconds and the new Gold Premium model gets a rear spoiler and a new "variable note" exhaust system with four lines instead of two. There is also Alcantara upholstery on the seats and steering wheel.

Mitsuoka is limited the number of Orochi Gold Premium vehicles to just 20, which goes some way to explaining the car’s 10,500,000 Yen (approx. US$115,100) price tag. The car is available to Japanese buyers now and will be exported to the wider Asian market later this year.

* For anyone interested, the Orochi gets its name from a legendary eight-headed and eight tailed Japanese dragon, (which we guess would've given it a distinctive appearance as well), that was slain by the Shinto storm-god Susanoo.

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Fo $115,000us you want a car like this to do sub 5 seconds to the 100km/h mark, what a waste of a beautiful looking car!

Denis Klanac

Distinctive lines? Darren, you are too kind. It looks like the Anime version of a Barbie car. I think the designer needs to learn when to quit.

Two comments come to mind...

\"Put the pen down and step away from the desk.\"


\"No creatures from the black lagoon were harmed during the construction of this automobile.\"

Bruce Williams

There are many words you could use to describe this car, beautiful is not one of them.


For $115,100 and it goes 0 to 60 mph in over 7 seconds? Are you on cheap drugs or what? If it were all electric maybe but, you\'ve got to be kidding me.


UGLY car, it\'s Mother rejected it, I just about hurled on my monitor

Bill Bennett

That is the most disgusting looking car that I\'ve ever seen!

Chio Choi

Garish, stupidly complicated and weirdly proportioned. Calling Speed Racer!

I had to go find a nice photo of a Jaguer XKE-type to soothe my damaged soul.

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