Called the Sports Ride concept, the design adopts a compact form – but one inspired by the sensation of riding a motorcycle. Its overall dimensions measure similar to those of a Mazda MX-5 Miata, but at 1,650 pounds, it's even lighter. That compact form is stylistically rendered with enticingly aggressive bodywork that is unmistakably Japanese, but not without its similarities (particularly around the greenhouse) to supercars like the McLaren P1.
That may not be entirely by accident. Because while the design may have been carried out in-house, like the Motiv city car concept unveiled at the same show two years ago, the Sports Ride concept is designed to work with the iStream process pioneered by Gordon Murray. And we needn't point out that he was the same designer behind the legendary McLaren F1.
Inspirations and production methods aside, the Yamaha Sports Ride concept looks rather striking in its dark grey finish. Especially with its saddle brown leather interior and carbon-fiber and metallic accents, which on the supercar spectrum remind us more of the Pagani Huayra. Only much smaller, and presumably with a more compact engine. And hopefully it'd be much more attainable, too, if Yamaha actually puts it into production... and brings it to the North American market.
Scope out the details in the press release below along with the images in the gallery above, along with those of the motorcycles Yamaha brought to the show. Watch this space for more as well, as we hope to bring you live images of the Sports Ride concept from the show floor tomorrow.
About the Yamaha Booth
October 28, 2015 on 07:30
THE YAMAHA BOOTH
The theme of the Yamaha Motor booth for the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 is "Resonate. The Yamaha Motor Product Orchestra." The booth will display a 20-model array of concept and production models, including six world premiere models and one Japan premiere model. At the Yamaha booth this time, visitors will see Yamaha's "growing world of personal mobility" unified by the unique Yamaha product development ideal of Jin-Ki Kanno in displays that include electrically power assisted bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, Leaning Multi-Wheelers (LMW), a Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV), an automobile and an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot that brings together Yamaha's motorcycle and robotics technology. The creative booth design employs the image of a symphony hall in which Yamaha mobility products and musical instruments converge and resonate together like an orchestra. We hope you will enjoy this display of Yamaha's "growing world of personal mobility" and the way it fills the booth with the unique resonance of the Yamaha brand.
CONCEPT MODELS AT DISPLAY
LMW - MWT-9
This Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) concept model proposes a new type of category in the realm of sport riding. Under a development concept of a "Cornering Master," the MWT-9 mounts a 3-cylinder 850 cm3 engine on a seamless and dynamically styled body. The exceptional cornering performance provided by the twin front wheels and the bank angle maximized by the outward positioned front suspension forks enable a high level of performance that lets the rider go freely through twisty roads with ever-changing road surfaces and dotted with tight curves in succession.
■ Engine type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC ■ Cylinder arrangement: In-line 3-cylinder ■ Displacement: 849 cm3 ■ Fuel supply system: Fuel injection
SPORTS RIDE CONCEPT
This design concept mode takes a uniquely Yamaha approach by putting the involved and active feeling of riding a motorcycle, or "Live and Ride," into a vehicle with quintessential sports car proportions that adults can enjoy in daily use. Like the MOTIV (displayed at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013), it employs the iStream* process and is designed to express a driver-machine relationship close in feeling to the world of motorcycle riding. We devoted much attention to the high-quality details and were inspired by the artistic style of Elementarism in designing this proposal for a sports car.
■Length×Width×Height: 3,900 mm×1,720 mm×1,170 mm ■ Vehicle weight: 750 kg ■Seating capacity: 2
*iStream: A process developed by Gordon Murray Design Limited to produce lightweight, high-rigidity vehicle structures rooted in Formula One technology
This is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha's motorcycle and robotics technology. R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy. We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business.
The Resonator125 is a concept model that proposes a lifestyle with an authentic sport bike for young people who have not yet discovered the joys of motorcycling. With a lightweight, slim and compact chassis and an instrument panel assembly using an innovative device, this model melds elements of the near future with the nostalgic for a new fusion of motorcycle eras. It also sports wood panels on the fuel tank and seat cowl with authentic wood grain material used in guitars and engravings on the muffler, fuel tank cap and more done with same intricate techniques used for brass wind instruments. The result is a motorcycle that seeks to inspire young people with concepts and qualities that only the Yamaha brand can deliver.
■Engine type: Air-cooled 4-stroke ■Cylinder arrangement: Single-cylinder]
■Displacement: 125 cm3 ■Fuel supply system: Fuel injection]
This electrically power-assisted mountain bike mounts an electric motor on a high-performance bicycle and is designed for adults who want to enjoy the freedom of being able to ride on virtually any terrain. It lets you feel the presence of the power unit where it is most appreciated, like in starts, acceleration and hill-climbing, but with a design that minimizes the visual presence of that same power unit. For added assurance in riding longer distances on any type of terrain, the model is fitted with a large-capacity 400 Wh battery and a multi-function instrument panel. This YPJ project is about offering new value and new scenes for bicycle riding, and this mountain bike concept model redefines the positioning and functions of electrically power-assisted bicycles from a vehicle that makes riding easier to one that opens up a new realm of sporty recreational riding.
■Motor type: Brushless motor ■Rated output: 250 W ■ Battery type: Lithium-ion ■Battery capacity: 400 Wh
ALSO ON DISPLAY AT THE YAMAHA BOOTH:
SPECIAL DISPLAY MODELS
- 2015 YZF-R1M (reference model)
- 2015 YZF-R1 (reference model)
- 2016 YXZ1000R (reference model)
PRODUCTION MODELS DOMESTIC MARKET JAPAN
- 2015 MT-09 Tracer ABS
- 2015 MT-07 ABS
- 2016 MT-03
- 2015 YZF-R3 ABS
- 2016 VMAX
- 2014 SR400
- 2015 TMAX530 IRON MAX
- 2016 NMAX 125
- 2016 Tricty 125
- 2016 YPJ-R
This electrically power-assisted high-performance production road bicycle was developed in line with the ideas of the "YPJ-01" concept model introduced at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. In addition to providing a powerful assist in starts, acceleration and hill-climbing, the YPJ-R's main features are a design that minimizes the presence of the electric power unit and a light, agile ride.