• Oct 29, 2010
Ken Okuyama K.O 7 Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery

We were awestruck by this car at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and have been thinking about it ever since. We've wondered aloud what it would be like to drive designer Ken Okuyama's beautiful K.O 7 Roadster, and now, thanks to Motor Trend, we have an idea. The buff book recently got to spend some time with Mr. Okuyama and the 1,740-pound topless sportscar.

The K.0 7 Roadster is powered by a 210-horsepower, 1.8-liter Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine, which has been bored out to a full 2.0 liters. In their testing, M/T recorded a 0-60 time of five seconds flat. More importantly, they also state that the butterfly-doored bantamweight is "heroic in the twisties" and is more fun to drive than a Lotus Elise R, a car with which the K.0 7 shares modified underpinnings.

The former Design Director for Pininfarina, Ken Okuyama is part of the team that brought us the Ferrari Enzo as well as the Maserati Quattroporte and Birdcage Concept. The K.0 7 Roadster is Okuyama's vision of melding the craftsmanship and precision found in fine watches with the heart and soul of a lightweight sportscar. Okuyama is only looking to build a few of these per year, but at a price of around $240,000, the K.0 7 was never going to be a mass-production piece. Low-volume also means flexibility, however, and Okuyama admits he is looking at even more powerful engines from Cosworth, or perhaps the powertrain from the dearly departed Honda S2000.

Sign us up.



Photos copyright ©2010 Damon Lavrinc / AOL

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      We need more cars like these! I bet this thing gets great fuel economy too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $240k and all they can come up with is a 2.0L 210 HP engine? Child please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sort of reminds me of the Audi Auto Union Chassis number #19 or #21 or whatever that had Christies buzzing about a couple of years except it's a two seater.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, I'm just not that impressed with these cars at all. The hardtop is downright disgusting and teh roadster is really nothing special either. I expect alot more from someone with his credentials.
      • 4 Years Ago
      240K is really steep for what you get, I'd rather have a Wiesmann MF-4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may be wrong, but I'm under the impression that the Birdcage is Jason Castriota's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Correct but Okuyama was design director at Pininfarina.
      • 4 Years Ago
      roding, take notes
      • 4 Years Ago
      0-60 in five seconds?
      We have suv's hoovering around that number these days.

      For 250 grand, i should have to hold on to the steering wheel just so i don't fly out the open roof when i step on the gas.
      I don't car how well it handles, there are other track toys like the atom and the x bow out there for much less money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, just re-read and saw about them looking for a more powerful engine. But the price better not go up and it better not be only 215 HP or else I ain't buyin!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope you're being sarcastic, because I don't think ANYBODY who regularly comments on here has that much money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Japanese Caterham?
      Sign me up!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      $250k does seem like a LF-A kind of crazy price... I get that it's pretty bespoke and all but like others have said... Get yourself in a bat-chit crazy fast supercharged Ariel Atom for 2/5 the price of that car... If it were cheaper, then I would dig it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car would last about two days if driven on Los Angeles streets.
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