Yamaha is not a name associated with cars. The leading two-wheeler manufacturer is testing the waters in the four wheeler segment, showcasing its concept car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Yamaha has introduced a concept for a two-seater sports car, the Sports Ride Concept, at the show. The concept features iStream process that provides lightweight, high-rigidity, high-strength frame. The iStream has been developed by Gordon Murray Design ltd. and has its origins in Formula One technology. The process uses basic structure by bonding composite panels to a tubular frame.
The concept car weight just 750kg weight which does justice to the tag 'inspired by motorcycle' with the previous teaser image. The car measures 3,900mm in length, 1,720mm in width and 1,170mm in height.
True to its sports car design, the Sports Ride has a low slung stance. The car features distinctive headlamps which are reminiscent of the YZF-R1 flagship motorcycle. The ORVMs look similar to a petal of leaf. The rear of the Concept gets a centre-up muffler which is applied with a patent nano-coating technology.
Innside, the instrument panel structure comes with leather upholstery and carbon-fibre theme. The dials in the instrument cluster also looks similar to the dials of the motorcycle. Additionally, a transparent material is used in the roof, doors, and in the floor of the concept.
Yamaha hasn't revealed any information on the techincial specifications of the vehicle at the show. A probable engine is the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine taken from the first concept car of the manufacturer, the Motiv, unveiled in 2013. However, the sports car tag might prompt Yamaha to come up with a more powerful engine in its production form.
Yamaha also informed the Motiv is undergoing on-road testing.