Yamaha sports car

Yamaha sports car concept to debut at Tokyo Motor Show

Yamaha sports carMotorcycle manufacturer Yamaha has revealed it will show a sleek sports car design concept at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 next week. The car will be part of its huge 20-model display.

Said to be “inspired by motorcycles and express(ing) the unique style of Yamaha”, the firm has yet to release official details on the new sports car concept, but has teased us with an image.

This shows a compact two-seat sports car with a light, glassy cockpit, long nose and compact rear.

Proportions appear to suggest a mid-engine design and the multi-stack rear wing could indicate novel aerodynamic features.

Yamaha’s hint suggests the sports car concept could be powered by a high-revving motorcycle engine, of which the firm has no shortage of options.

However, the sports car could also be derived from the Yamaha Motiv city car, jointly developed by Gordon Murray Design and revealed in 2013.

This offers a choice of all-electric drive or range-extender petrol and electric power. Yamaha has since committed to putting the car into production, with a due-date of 2019.

McLaren F1

There’s no word yet on whether Gordon Murray has been involved in this sports car concept, although we can’t help but spot similarities to the McLaren F1 (above), particularly in the side profile and shape of the cockpit…



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