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Yamaha Teases New Sports Car Concept Ahead of Tokyo

Yamaha has dabbled in cars before, having designed a supercar concept inspired by its Formula 1 efforts in the early ’90s and engineered and manufactured engines for a number of cars. Now the company best known for sport bikes and pianos is trying its hand at the four-wheeled game again, readying a new sports car concept for this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Yamaha hasn’t revealed any details besides the shadowy profile image above, which we can glean a few things from. The car appears to be a small coupe, possibly of a mid-engine design. According to Autocar, the vehicle may be called the “4Wheeler” when it’s finally unveiled next month. It’s also believed Gordon Murray, the man behind the McLaren F1, is involved with the project. Murray previously worked with Yamaha on a small city car concept called the Motiv back in 2013.

Given Yamaha’s expertise in building sport bikes, it’s possible the car could be powered by a high-revving, small-displacement engine. The Motiv was shown in both 1.0-liter gas three-cylinder and all-electric versions. At the time, Yamaha said different body styles, including a coupe and convertible, were possible. Could this new car simply be the Motiv with a different body shell over it, or something else entirely?

In addition to Yamaha’s new car, the manufacturer will show off electrically assisted bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, and Leaning Multi-Wheelers at its Tokyo auto show booth. It will also unveil an autonomous motorcycle-riding robot. As for this mysterious sports car, we’ll have to wait until we get closer to its November 8 debut to see what Yamaha is cooking.

Source: Yamaha, Autocar