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Old 12-05-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Mitsuoka's Himiko mimics the Morgan Roadster




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Mitsuoka, arguably the most interesting car company in Japan, has released another Japanese homage to a classic British automobile, this time their unique take on what appears to be a Morgan Roadster. Sitting on the body of a Mazda MX-5, the Mitsuoka Himiko even manages to squeeze a folding hardtop roof into its tiny frame.

Featuring a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, the handsome Himiko will be sold in three different trim levels, including a Himiko Standard, a Himiko Premium and a Himiko Hi Premium. The car will be available with either a 6-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels, and the Mazda engine will generates around 170hp (119kW) with 190Nm of torque. Weighing in at around 2,800lb (1,280kg), the roadster should offer sprightly performance and handling thanks to its multi-link suspension system and MX-5 underpinnings.

If the Himiko is a little too small for your needs, then Mitsuoka will also be happy to sell you a Rolls Royce-esque limousine that we reported on earlier here - or if the Himiko is too large then you can check out their tiny 400lb (180kg) city car that looks like a 1930's racing car.

The base Himiko will start at around $60,000 in Japan, with premium versions price slightly higher. A completely custom interior can be ordered for around $1,000.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:34 PM   #2
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neat.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:41 AM   #3
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mini cooper headlights?
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:23 AM   #4
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First Orochi, then Himiko. Mitsuoka sure loves Japanese folklore.
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
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Aren't the interiors from the Miata???
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that thing is hot.
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Aren't the interiors from the Miata???
The whole car is a restyled Miata. That's pretty much all Mitsuoka does: restyle existing cars and resell em. Think Fisker, only less baller.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:15 PM   #8
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if i didnt know better i would just assume that was a miata.

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mini cooper headlights?
yes, and its the older style, not even the bi-Xenons.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:23 PM   #9
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They are great Cars I saw lots when I lived in Japan by their Headquarters.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:57 PM   #10
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if i didnt know better i would just assume that was a miata.
That's because it is. The middle third of the car appears to be OEM Miata still.
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:04 PM   #11
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They are great Cars I saw lots when I lived in Japan by their Headquarters.
i think they are hidious, especially the kei cars that they do
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:41 AM   #12
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As seen on Top Gear, Mitsuoka already tried to rip off the look of a Rolls Royce with their Nissan Fuga (M35) based Galue:





Having said that, i love the look of the Morgan Aero 8 (blame it on Richard hammond)

i'd rock that car
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And remember, the Morgan roadster itself, esp the rear, is just a ripoff of the classic Jag Xk120

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