Japan is home to some of the world’s largest automakers. The Land of the Rising Sun is home to Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda. The country’s robust and undoubtedly unique automotive culture is primarily due to its place as one of the epicenters of the automotive industry.
This applies to all parts of the automotive industry, including manufacturing, innovation, motorsports and even street racing.
Japan also has small car manufacturers, such as Mitsuoka. Remarkable, Mitsuoka is known for creating unique cars with unorthodox styling, some of which are quite modern. Others, on the other hand, mimic the look of American, European and especially British retro cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
One of the notable cars from Mitsuoka Motors is the MITsuoka Orochi. Orochi was one of their more successful projects. It started as an idea in 2001 and production lasted from 2006 to 2014, with several special editions. Mitsuoka made only 400 copies of the Orochi.
Here are some of the best features of the Mitsuoka Orochi
The exterior of the Orochi is on steroids
Orochi’s appearance was one to make people stop and look at it. Mitsuoka was able to add dragon facial features to the design.
The eight openings of the front hood resemble nostrils in appearance. The front and rear views are each characterized by four headlights and taillights.
Mitsuoka hid the Honda NSX chassis behind the body. Mitsuoka debuted four years after the coupé with the open Orochi Nude Top Concept in Tokyo. However, this convertible version was never produced. Instead, Mitsuoka made the Orochi coupe as a limited edition from October 2006.
Honda inspired the interior of the Orochi
It’s like stepping into a time machine and being transported into the cockpit of a Honda NSX, as well as a whiff of Nissan 300ZX.
The interior of Orochi is fully upholstered in leather. The Orochi also has some unique elements such as seat patterns, rivets, dashboard trim and door maps, but it has a functional layout consistent with its intended use for urban driving.
Motorized door mirrors, automatic air conditioning, a Panasonic HDD Navigation System in the middle, electric windows, an immobilizer and three beautiful yet functional steering wheel gauges are all standard. Airbags, a side-impact door with built-in steel beams and a handmade steel space frame are among the safety features.
The huge car editions of the Orochi
Mitsuoka released several versions of the Orochi during his seven to eight year period. Mitsuoka made these different variants to capture the Orochi in different aspects.
2007 Orochi Kabuto: Production of this car was limited to five cars. Carbon fiber body panels, a body kit and a rear spoiler are all included on the Orochi Kabuto. The exhaust system of the car has four tailpipes to increase the exhaust note. The engine has been fine-tuned for more power.
The interior has also been updated, with several interior pieces replaced with aluminum versions. It also has leather seats with diamond stitching.
2008 Orochi Zero: When most automakers introduce a special edition, it usually involves custom colors, possibly new interior components, and a 10% to 20% price increase.
Mitsuoka, on the other hand, moved in the opposite direction and released the Orochi Zero, a special edition of his Orochi model. It is about 10% cheaper than the standard model. Mitsuoka reduced the number of metal-covered accessory elements and replaced part of the interior trim with synthetic leather.
Orochi Gold Premium 2010: The Gold Premium model has a front and rear spoiler and a modified variable exhaust system with four tailpipes instead of the standard Orochi two tailpipes. Alcantara covers the seats and steering wheel. The Orochi Gold Premium has a fresh paint job with gold trim and badges on the outside.
Final edition of Orochi 2014: Mitsuoka only made five, which marked the end of the Mitsuoka Orochi. This car has two unique paint colors: Gold Pearl and a purple shade called ‘Fuyoru’. It also has unique black painted alloy wheels not seen on any other Orochis.
A front spoiler, a rear wing and a unique set of 19-inch aluminum rims enhance the exterior of the car, but the interior has more unique features.
Orochis in Gold Pearl have an Ash Gray and Dark Red color scheme in the center console and Alcantara upholstered seats and steering wheel. Orochis in Fuyoru have an Ash Gray colored center console, similar Alcantara seats and contrasting purple stitching.
The bonus editions: Mitsuoka announced the Orochi Evangelion version in 2014, featuring a striking multi-colored livery inspired by the massive robots from the 1990s Evangelion anime series. It is built on the Gold Premium base and limited to just one car.
Mitsuoka teamed up with Go Nagai, the designer of Devilman Crybaby, to create the Orochi Devilman based on a car from the anime series. It is also limited to one vehicle.
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