• Sep 18th 2008 at 9:27AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the K.07 Spyder

When the K.O7 Spyder broke cover in Geneva we were struck by its bold design (it was penned by the guy who gave us the Enzo and the Quattroporte), but seriously doubted that the track star/supercar would ever see production. Well, a limited run of 99 K.O7s will go on sale on November 1st for the princely sum of 19,500,000 Yen. Yep, that's near-as-makes-no-difference $200,000 -- an awful lot of money for very little car.

And when you consider that it's essentially a modern remake of the fenderless Lotus 340R, which itself seemed expensive back in 2000 at $70,000, you've got to wonder how many more orders Okuyama-san will be taking beyond the 24 cars pre-ordered by Tag-Heuer, who've had a hand in the project since its inception just a year ago. You may remember that the Lotus 340R never reached its performance target of 340 bhp/ton, largely because it was powered by Rover's asthmatic K-series engine. This is why three-hundred and forty 340Rs were built -- the number had to stand for something.

Similar doubts surround the final performance figures for the 750-kg (1,653-pound) K.O7. Okuyama Design say that the good ol' Toyota 2.0-liter found in the Elise and Exige will be good for "200-240bhp", but we don't see a supercharger, nor room for one. However fast it turns out to be, it's a fine looking machine and is bound to remain exclusive.

Check out the gallery of images taken at yesterday's launch deep beneath Tokyo's streets. Note there was an K.O8 electric EV in attendance, sans batteries or electric motor, but since it took Ken just a year to get the 7 from drawing board to production, who knows... we may be back in that garage again in a year's time, reporting for AutoblogGreen.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this a 3 wheeler?
        • 6 Years Ago
        i cant see the rear wheels of the car, its looks like a three wheeler, I know those are becoming popluar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How do you become a person that can write a blog?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL.. what?
        • 6 Years Ago
        nm... wrong car lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think just trying to figure out pictures would be a first step...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Would rather have a Lotus/Caterham/Locost 7
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or even for 5 grand you can get a Triumph Spitfire and throw a proper engine in it, with nearly the same weight as this thing, if not less!
      • 6 Years Ago
      if i had the money
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know Brian, there is a "advertise" link on the top of this page.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think i like this more than the atom...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im going off the reservation on this one... it looks like a pedal car or one of those cars with batteries kids drive around. Very childish design to me. Maybe its the color, maybe its the hangover or maybe it just is. Let me know.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "I am very interested in advertising on your blog."

      you just did.

      thumbs down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The engine found in the Elise and Exige is a 1.8L, not 2.0L.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that's a handsome car, tasteful use of chrome and red-leather (which can go bad very easily). Gull-wing doors are also unique. I loved Ken Okuyama's Maserati Birdcage concept back when he was in Pininfarina.

      19,500,000yen is closer to $185k, but still waaay over-priced. Maybe it could drop the use of the Tag-Hauer chronograph and some other expensive details and reduce the price to something more reasonable.
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