Yamaha Motor Corporation’s intention to diversify into 4 wheeler business was made clear when the two wheel giant came up with a compact 2-door city car concept – MOTIV – at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The brand is all set to take another major step in that direction by unveiling the Yamaha 4Wheeler sportscar concept at the upcoming edition of the show which is set to commence on October 29.
A teaser image released by Yamaha shows a blurred silhouette of what is a low slung two door sportscar. Not surprisingly, the company’s first four wheeler will be inspired by the firm’s two wheelers. We will receive more details of the product towards the end of this month but it’s safe to expect a high performance hybrid powertrain. The IC engine could be borrowed from one of Yamaha’s eclectic lineup of sportsbikes.
Like the MOTIV, this Yamaha 4Wheeler concept could also have design inputs from the iconic F1 designer Gordon Murray. With fuel efficiency and emission being the prime factors of future high performance machines, Yamaha would be counting on its experience and knowledge in engineering energy dense small displacement motors.
We expect the Yamaha 4Wheeler to enter production eventually. Europe would be the primary market for the compact 2-seater sportscar.