Think of Mitsu and you're bound to think of Japanese cars, but Mitsubishi isn't the only one. Lesser known is Mitsuoka, a small automaker based in Toyama that mostly rebodies existing Japanese cars to look like old English ones. Its most outlandish creation, though, is surely the low-slung Orochi. And now the model appears to be endings its production cycle.

Originally built on an Acura NSX platform, the Orochi is widely regarded as one of the strangest-looking vehicles on the road with four elliptical eyes, a pursed-lips grille, portal vents up the hood (even though the engine is in the back), Lamborghini-style scissor doors, McLaren F1-style side windows and a rather bizarre confluence of curves that looks like something we might have drawn in our notebooks when we were in elementary school. Named after a mythical dragon, it was originally unveiled in 2001 and entered production in 2007, powered by a 3.3-liter V6 supplied by Toyota, producing just 233 horsepower and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and sold in "limited" numbers.

Little wonder then that the Orochi is now reportedly sailing off into the sunset along with all the other Speed Racer extras. But before it does, Mitsuoka is reportedly building one last run of Final Editions. Bearing, for better or worse, all the hallmarks that made the Orochi stand out when Top Gear went to Japan, the Final Edition gets unique 19-inch modular alloys, a front splitter, rear winglets and a choice of either Fuyoru blackberry or light gold pearl paint.


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      Daniel Jap
      • 7 Months Ago
      thats why they called orochi, it is serpent demon, not bad for the cosplay car
        finzenchrome
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Daniel Jap
        Thank you for that lesson in Japanese, Dan. Googled it-- quite interesting. It's an art car in the sense that it was an NSX "morphed" into a mythical beast. I wouldn't call it ugly, just artfully outlandish and can actually appreciate the design now that I know where the concept is coming from.
      Big Squid
      • 7 Months Ago
      I like it. It's not afraid to look wild.
      • 7 Months Ago
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      Cool Disco Dan
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think it would look great with the front trunk smoothed out.
      Mu Sic
      • 7 Months Ago
      I still like it better than the recent Lexus models.
      Jesus!
      • 7 Months Ago
      Oh. My. God. Is that the mouth from the Porsche in Cars mixed with the front lights of a 96 Taurus melted and twisted in some sick dream? Bah!
      Montie
      • 7 Months Ago
      What a waste of a perfectly good NSX.
      ffelix422
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks like a catfish that fought you for 1/2 an hour before you finally pulled it into the boat.
      Alexander Sambuco
      • 7 Months Ago
      I see a Hyundai Tiburon, McLaren F1, Ferrari F430/360, Pagani Hyura, Honda NSX, Chevrolet Corvette and even Aston Martin DB7 in this
      John Bond
      • 7 Months Ago
      It's a really attractive vehicle in my opinion. It has a lot of weird lines but it's unique in appearance. It makes me feel like I'm going fast just looking at it. John Bond | http://www.bundyslockandsafe.com
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