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.

  • 2010 Mitsuoka Himiko Roadster Special Edition
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  (1) posted on 03.2.2012

Congratulations Mitsuoka for being so bold in building such creatively designed cars . Mitsuoka obviously is aiming for a small niche market of people who want to own something different. Go any where in one of their cars and its bound to be the centre of attention.

  (728) posted on 12.27.2011

Himiko, is quietly a muscled car. The dark color with the touch or red in both side wings of the car look elegant and impressive. Awesome in its over-all look, it also looks fabulous in the interior and exterior design with a good quality of engine performance.

  (306) posted on 11.23.2011

Sorry to say but I would not agree with you YoungGecko. It didn’t look hideous. It maybe looks a bit of outdated but not lousy at what you’ve said. Well, I think you should appreciate the other great features that it had.

  (347) posted on 08.17.2011

:Yeah. It doesn’t look old at all but admittedly, the car look hideous. Well, they will lose their production because of this car. Hopefully, not because it is just the beginning of their comeback.

  (530) posted on 06.10.2011

Hey, it’s not that odd. I like the design and the seats were so red! I totally love the two-tone paint. I’ll love to bring this one to social events with red carpet treatment smiley

  (462) posted on 04.4.2011

I do agree in your opinion aaron_lexus , this concept would definitely has an hideous look though i love convertible. This one would be just a waste of time and effort.

  (831) posted on 04.1.2011

what the hell! Is this a car? It look so odd and to tell you frankly this car doesn’t have any edge that makes it exceptional. This vintage themed car is just another pointless production that has been made.

  (683) posted on 03.22.2011

Looks much better than the Orichi. Well, Im thankful its limited edition! I think Mitsuoka needs to improve their designs and engine performance.

  (532) posted on 03.22.2011

haha. Aesthetically, they made this car similar with the Orochi, both have an excessive design that makes it more ridiculous and that makes me laugh straight to its face! I bet, this one is of the pointless and senseless creation have ever been made.

  (702) posted on 11.16.2010

By the way I guess that renting this car is the only way to make money out of it..

  (428) posted on 11.15.2010

With that nose job and no pics showing just how they moved those front wheels so far forward, lets hope it’s not as bad as those 70 & 80’s kits on GM mid-size RWD models.

  (534) posted on 11.4.2010

Oh my God what is that?? it looks so old and ugly..smiley

  (257) posted on 10.3.2010

Enough already with Chancellor, stretched limos etc. Waste of money and time. Better stick to bread & butter small family car.

  (257) posted on 09.30.2010

Well, I saw one scurry under my fridge, and I set out a trap with a huge chunk of cheese, and next day there it was, dead.

  (129) posted on 09.27.2010

Very Nice Concept though!!smiley

  (247) posted on 09.27.2010

OK people. Let me help you out. "Orochi" is the name of a 8-headed serpent from Japanese folklore. So naturally, the car looks like a reptile. "Himiko" is the name of a famous Shaman witch who became female ruler of pre Japan’s Yamatai region – around AD 200

  (344) posted on 09.26.2010

I swear the clay model melted and they just went with it.

  (291) posted on 08.8.2010

Wow, I actually like that! Pretty cool idea and with MX-5 underpinnings it probably moves pretty well (assuming they haven’t added too much weight).

  (340) posted on 08.8.2010

ridiculous looking car, i never thought that Japanese auto maker will copy a German style roadster.

  (780) posted on 08.5.2010

Wow, I actually like that! Pretty cool idea and with MX-5 underpinnings it probably moves pretty well (assuming they haven’t added too much weight).

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