Believe it or not, the much-maligned Mitsuoka Orichi can now be rented out in Japan. We don’t want to believe it, but apparently – and unfortunately – it’s true.

The decision was made to rent out the Orichi by its manufacturer Mitsuoka – no surprise there – for anybody looking for a cheap sports car to drive around in Japan. And by cheap, we mean $390 a day.

It’s not as pricey as most rental sports car we’ve seen in the past, but then again, we don’t know anybody who’d shell out $400 a pop per day to be seen in this hideous sports car. There is that other option that we think is a little more palatable. For $177 a day, you can navigate your way around the streets of Osaka in a Himiko , the company’s not-as-powerful-as-the-Orichi-but-definitely-more-pleasing-to-the-eye roadster.

Either way, you could do a lot better than renting out these two cars. But if you’re going to play the ‘I’ll do it for the experience’ card, then, by all means, give it a go.

Source: Mitsuoka

We’ve lost count on how many special edition models Fiat has of the 500 mini hatchback, although it’s not really a question of having one too many. Besides, it’s their car, and if they think that it’s a good idea to churn out limited edition upon limited edition of the same model, then more power to them.

The latest one that’s going to be released is being called the 500 Arancia and, similar to other special edition 500 models in the past, it’s going to be limited to just 300 units. And as for the Arancia, the car will have an exclusive home in the land of Toyota Toyota and Honda, Japan. It’s fitting too because the model takes its name from the Japanese translation of ‘orange’, which, in case you haven’t noticed, is the color of the car.

As far as what you can expect from the 500 Arancia, well, it comes with a chrome package and 15-inch allow wheels on top of the orange paint finish and the customized orange and white interior. Apart from that, the only thing that makes this car ‘limited’ in the sense of the word is that it’s only going to Japan and only 300 buyers will have a chance to own one.

Source: Fiat

Last week, the guys from GT-R Blog brought the first details of the 2012 Nissan GT-R . Today they are offering new details on the future sports car, but this time, the details surround the Spec-M version.

According to the blog, the R35 GT-R “Gentleman’s Edition” will be launched as the Nissan GT-R Egoist on the Japanese market. We have no idea why they would do this, but the name does sound pretty cool. However, this nomenclature will only be used on the Japanese market, the other markets will be keeping the usual Spec-M version.

The current Nissan GT-R develops a total of 520 HP, but the 2012 GT-R Egoist is rumored to be boasting an output of 540 HP. Add that black exterior paint and the gold wheels, and you have the perfect recipe for an amazing sports car!

The 2012 Nissan GT-R will come with a modified front bumper, rear diffuse, and rear underspoiler, offering 10% more downforce. There will also be modifications made to the suspensions, brakes, wheels, and tires.

Source: GT-R Blog

Mitsuoka , the Japanese auto replica maker, became infamous within the auto industry for their off shoot concept, the hideous, piranha-looking Orochi sports car.

Undaunted by the overwhelmingly negative response to their concept car, Orochi has come out with a new creation, a special edition version of the company’s Mazda MX-5 -based Himiko roadster, a soft-top version of the Mitsuoka Himiko Classic Edition.

Previously available with just a power-retractable roof, the new soft-top variant, which features a classic British look similar to what was running in the streets half a century ago, is powered by the Mazda MX-5’s 2.0-liter engine that produces in excess of 170 horsepower for the five-speed manual variant and 162 horsepower for the six-speed automatic transmission.

Aesthetically speaking, the car is treated with a boatload of the same features found in the hardtop version, including a similar color paint scheme with a two-tone, black and red color set-up as well as chrome strips that run on either side of the vehicle. As for the model’s interior, Mitusoka continued the entire black and red motif by putting in red-leather seats on the front and back and some additional ornamental wood trim to complement the car’s overall paint scheme.

All in all, the car doesn’t look as repulsive as the Orochi; it’s actually pretty sleek and comes with a classic feel to it. Just go past the fact that this car was made by the same people who gave us the Orochi and you’re going to begin to like the car’s overall set-up. And the best part is, while it’s limited to only 20 models, the model doesn’t come with a mammoth price tag - ¥4,880,000 (or $56,500) – making it a more attractive purchase to interested buyers.

Source: Es Autoblog
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After the release of BMW’s "Dynamic Edition" for the BMW 3-series and the X6 Performance Limited Edition , BMW has taken a stab at the BMW 120i Coupe. Destined only for the Japanese market, the BMW 120i will be a special edition limited to only 30 units.

For the "Dynamic Edition", the 120i will receive an M sport package including a blacked-out kidney grille, carbon mirror covers, a carbon rear trunk spoiler, and a set of M design 18" light alloy wheels. Exterior paint finishes will be available in White Pearl or LeMans Blue. Inside, the BMW will receive M sports seats and steering wheel covered in leather. The interior will also get aluminum pedals and handles and sporty and gloss black trims.

No performance upgrades will be made to the BMW 120i coupe so customers will have to be satisfied with the 2.0L engine that produces 170hp.

The BMW 120i Coupe will go on sale on July 30th for a price of 4,350,000 YEN, or 50,000 USD, but remember, this special edition will be limited to the Japanese market.

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Alfa Romeo has had one heck of a year for 2010. They are right smack in the middle of celebrating their centennial anniversary and are taking advantage of that in a serious way. Part of their celebration was taking part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed in a “shine in the spotlight” kind of way. Not only did they bring their new Alfa Romeo 8C to the festival, but they also brought over 50 historic vehicles to showcase during the event and were given the honor of creating a statue to use as the ‘Central Feature’, a statue that’s prominently displayed every year in front of the Goodwood house. Another portion of their celebratory movement was bringing out their restyled and upgraded 159 sedan and station wagon models out to the market. Great things are happening at Alfa Romeo and they don’t want it to stop.

Now Alfa Romeo has decided to bring out a special edition model strictly for the Japanese market. It’s called the Alfa Romeo GT Quadrifoglio d’Oro (Golden Clover) and will feature custom gold badging. The exterior paint finish is a vibrant red that is mirrored in the red painted brake calipers. The exterior also features a chrome trim at the lower part of the front fascia.

Hit the jump for the full story.

Yesterday we brought you the BMW X6 Performance Unlimited and today it is time for another special edition for the Japanese market. This time it comes in the form of aMini called the Saville Row. It will be limited to 100 units and priced at ¥3,100,000 (around $35,000 at the current exchange rates).

The new Mini Saville Row special edition is distinguished by a Midnight Black exterior color combined with a black roof, chrome 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome mirror and filler cap, chrome interior, anthracite headliner, and many other chromed parts.

The Mini Saville Row also gets Bi-xenon headlights and privacy glass addition, white turn signal indicator, and a Saville Row logo. All units will be equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmissions.

This special edition was named after a shopping street in Mayfair, central London, famous for its traditional men’s bespoke tailoring. So we guess this is indeed a car just for the Japanese gentlemen.

BMW has announced a new special edition for the Japanese market, the X6 Performance Unlimited. It will be limited to only 20 units and will go on sale today. Customers will get their cars at the end of July.

The new special edition comes with the new BMW Valvetronic system that combines high-precision direct injection and twin turbo power into a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, with hybrid technology and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The entire car is inspired by Motorsport BMW Performance. The entire exterior is covered in a silver pearl wrap with a delicate pearl glow. The X6 Performance Unlimited comes with BMW Performance 21-inch alloy wheels and a specially equipped BMW Performance aerodynamic package that includes a new front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser, and blacked-out kidney grilles.

The interior gets Dakota leather, brushed aluminum pedals, aluminum trim, a numbered plaque, and a "BMW Performance Unlimited" logo.

This special edition is priced at 9,450,000 Yen (around $108,000 at the current exchange rates).

In the name of brand cross promotion, we’ve seen some pretty weird tie-ups over the years, but none of those can ever prepare us from what we discovered a few days ago. In a collaboration that you couldn’t have even dreamt of even if you had the imagination of a five-year old, AGIP, a subsidiary of Italian oil company ENI SpA, recently partnered with the company that owns the rights to the Hello Kitty name to produce the Hello Kitty motor oil. Really, we’re not making this whole thing up.

The motor oil will be distributed exclusively in Japan by Showa Boeki, which will bear the image of the iconic bobtail cat with the red bow on her left ear all over the canister. We’re not quite sure who came up with the idea of pairing a cute little kitty with something as ’dirty’ as motor oil, but whoever that dude is, he seriously got his pop culture references all mixed up.

Source: New Launches

The Japanese and US D1 Grand Prix are both coming to SpeedTV, giving us yet another new racing series to help in satiating our automotive fixes.

The D1 GP, which will begin airing on SpeedTV from September to November, will comprise of 15 one-hour programs including nine covering races in Japan, three in the U.S., an exhibition show, and a end-of-season wrap-up show.

The series, which is similar to Formula Drift , comprises of head-to-head matches between drivers drifting in excess of 120mph. Single elimination heats are done that leads up to a final competition to determine an event winner. Winners, as well as high-place finishers, receive points based on their final event standing with all the accumulated points throughout the season tallied up to determine the season’s overall champion.

SPEED President Hunter Nickell is predictably excited about the thought of bringing the D1 GP to SpeedTV. "Bringing USA D1 Grand Prix drifting events to SPEED is a cool new addition to the network," he said. "Combining the young, cutting-edge atmosphere of drifting with the history and familiarity of host venues like Atlanta, Texas, Homestead-Miami, and Irwindale will be a unique experience for our viewers."

The first SPEED broadcast of thee D1 GP will be on September 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET from Tokyo, with the second event taking place eight days later on September 12th at 6 p.m. ET from Oita, Japan.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Speed TV

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