Unlike many of Mitsuoka's other products, which are often retro-style rebodies of existing vehicles--the company has offerings based on the current Mazda MX-5 Miata and the little Nissan March, for example--the Orochi is a purpose-built sports car. It features a mid-mounted 3.3-liter Toyota V-6 engine (as found in Toyota and Lexus models up until 2009) and a five-speed automatic transmission. Power output is modest, at 233 horses--but really, the Orochi is all about its looks.
Both coupe and convertible models have been made--the later sporting the idiosyncratic Nude Top name--while several special editions have also hit the road. It's with a series of five Final Editions that the Orochi will disappear, all wearing a coat of Fuyoru brownish-purple metallic paint. A further three Gold Pearl-painted models will also go on sale. Both will feature the same googly-eyed styling with its strange pouting mouth. Luckily, both the rear end and the Orochi's interior are a little easier on the eye.
Neither Final Edition is cheap, starting at 12.7 million Yen--around $124,000 at current exchange rates. But you won't have to worry, as all are going to the car's home market. Even there, it's a rarity--but we still await the Orochi's potential replacement with morbid fascination...