The 2010 Mitsuoka Himiko Roadster Special Edition: A cute classic beauty

by Alex

The famous Japanese auto replica maker Mitsuoka has lost its name within the auto fraternity for its out of track concept for the hideous, piranha looking Orochi sports car which was lately bombarded with negative response on the conceptual car. However, Orochi did not let that hamper their creative bent of mind and have in fact left the trauma behind to come out with a new creation which is a special edition version based on the Mazda MX-5 – the Himiko roadster which is a soft top version of the Mitsuoka Himiko Classic Edition.

Going by the previous version of the car which had power retractable roof, the new soft top version has a classic British look to it which will act as a reminder of what plied on the streets of London about half a century ago. Providing power to this new model is a 2.0-liter engine sourced from the Mazda MX-5 which produces a quite impressive 170 hp when mated to a 5 speed manual transmission though a slightly less 162 hp for the version fitted with the six speed automatic transmission system.

From an aesthetics point of view, the new version of the car has almost all of the same features that is present in the hard top version with the similarities extending to color paint scheme that dons the exterior of the car. It essentially is a two-tone color set-up comprising of black and red which is complimented by chrome strips that run on either side of the vehicle. The black and red color scheme continues in the interior of the car as well with the inclusion of red seat covers made of leather for the front and the back seats. Then there are also some wooden ornamental finishes that has been included to compliment the car’s overall paint scheme.

But to conclude we won’t say the car looks as repulsive as the Orochi. On the contrary, the car has a nice cute and sleek look to it and carries an air of a bygone era. All that you have to do is to get the memories of the Orochi off your mind and you will begin to fall in love with this automotive beauty. And saving the best for the last, a great with the car is that it pinches us less with its cost that stands at ¥4,880,000 or $56,500 which also makes it more adorable and a want to buy product though those interested will still have to hurry as the company has said they will launch just 20 units of the model in the market.

Source: topspeed

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