The Yamaha Sports Ride sportscar concept was easily the most important exhibit at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The two wheeler giant tied up with ace F1 designer Gordon Murray to create a lightweight compact sportscar which is claimed to emulate the feeling of riding a motorcycle.
A recent media report suggests that the concept is not merely a showcase and it would spawn a production version eventually. It’s reported that an advanced version of the concept, much closer to the final product, would be showcased at the next Tokyo Motor Show in 2017. Production is expected to commence towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.
The compact sportscar concept measures 3,900 mm in length, 1720 mm in width and 1,170 mm in height. Given that it uses carbon fiber for structural elements, one can expect kerb weight to be around 750 kg. Thanks to the extremely light kerb weight, Yamaha can afford to offer decent performance with a diminutive engine.
Though Yamaha has been tight lipped about the powertrain, the car is rumored to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It’s reasonable to expect an automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. Going by the existing examples of 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, an output of anything between 160 – 200 PS is easily manageable and it would be adequate for the lightweight Yamaha Sports Ride.