Yamaha is making a big splash at the ongoing Tokyo Show with a concept of a sports car that weighs only 750 kg thanks to an extensive use of carbon fiber in the body. This is a two-seater with a 3,900 mm length, 1,720 mm width and 1,170 mm height, so it’s compact and should be quite nimble to maneuver given the lightweight construction and according to Yamaha it offers the same connection between the driver and the machine as you get with a motorcycle.
Details regarding the powertrain are scarce at the moment, but since the concept is a follow-up to the 2013 Motiv.e, it might employ its 3-cylinder 1.0-liter engine that powered the previous concept where it delivered an estimated 70 to 80 bhp. It doesn’t sound much, but maybe Yamaha engineer’s worked on the motor a little bit to squeeze more power to make it worthy of a sports car. An output of around 110-120 bhp would be exceptional in such a lightweight body and would make it a very exciting car to drive.
The design of the car doesn’t seem to be far off from a production car and Yamaha says they used as source of inspiration the Elementarism artistic style while on the inside we noticed a driver-focused layout with two body-hugging seats and door straps instead of handles. It also has very few buttons and knobs to create an uncluttered cabin configuration that focuses on having fun behind the wheel with fewer distracted.
Don’t hold your breath for a production version as the SPORTS RIDE CONCEPT is unlikely to be made and will have the same faith as the Motiv.e, so it’s won't evolve into something more substantial. We just hope Yamaha will release full technical specification to find out what they had in mind with this two-seater lightweight sports car that aims to prioritize an exhilarating driving experience rather than brute force and speed.