Mitsuoka Orochi Production Ending with Special Edition

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You probably know about about Toyota, Mazda, Honda and all the other major Japanese automakers. But have you seen the Mitsuoka Orochi? It looks like it's been designed with the face of a puffer fish and the body of a lizard. It's not particularly sexy, but it is unique, though not unique enough to be kept in production
If you're into crazy Japanese cars than you probably know about the Mitsuoka Orochi already. It was shown as a concept in 2001 and is one of the lesser known automobiles ever to be described using the words "super" and "car". But unless you actually live in Japan, you can't actually buy one, which is probably why the company hasn't sold that many and now has to stop production.

To 'celebrate' the passing away of its sportiest model, Mitsuoka is launching the "Final Orochi", of which a total of 5 will be built, all featuring this nifty brownish purple color they call "Fuyoru", as well as 19-inch wheels, a front lip spoiler and rear wing. You can also have it in a lighter color called "Gold Pearl", of which 3 separate units are to be built.

While it might look like a true supercar, the Orochi is actually powered by a 3.3-liter V6 borrowed from Toyota. Output is rated at 233 PS and 328 Nm of torque. Mated to a 5-speed automatic, it's going nowhere fast, especially since the whole thing weighs 1,580 kg (3,483 lb).

With over a decade in production, the two-door car remains one of the most interesting projects we've ever seen. We think of the Orochi as the DeLorean of its country, and like the DMC-12, they're going to miss it when it's gone.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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