Yamaha AMI: Kei Car Thinks It's a Ferrari F40 [Photo Gallery]
Today, we discovered a kei car impersonator of the Ferrari F40, one of the most iconic supercars from the past. It’s called the Yamaha Ami, and it’s obviously a kei car since the brochure say it’s got a 660 cc engine.
Ami appears to come in two power flavors either a 12-valve DOHC version of the engine with 55 horsepower at 7,500 rpm or a less gutsy version with only 42 hp from a 6-valve SOHC engine. This would indicate it’s got a three-cylinder engine, which is placed in the front and delivers its power to 11-inch wheels at the front, unlike the actual Ferrari F40, which as you know is mid-engined and rear-wheel drive.
Ami sounds like a very girly name for a car, but the designers took it quite seriously, and gave it a sporty two-seater layout and a big wing. It comes in red or black with white wheels and the smallest quad exhausts we’ve ever seen this side of a toy (check the magazine scan to see it!).
The car is reportedly based on the Daihatsu Opti, with a body made from plastic and a body strengthened by a roll cage.
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