Yamaha rarely makes a concept car, so it will be interesting to see what they have in plan for the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show set for the end of the month. Based on what we can see from this darkened image, it will take the shape of a two-door sports coupe with a very short rear overhang and a significantly sloped roofline which gives it a sleek side profile. Also noticeable are the bulging wheel arches and a prominent rear spoiler while the taillights seem to stick out of the body.
Details regarding the Yamaha concept car are scarce at the moment, but according to the official description the “design concept is inspired by motorcycles and expresses the Unique Style of Yamaha.” It’s not known at this point what powers the concept, but we could be dealing with a motorcycle engine taking into account in the press release Yamaha mentions the vehicle is “inspired by motorcycles.” If that’s the case, expect the concept car to have the same philosophy as the Ducati-powered Volkswagen XL1 Sport (a derivative of the frugal XL1) which as the name implies had a Ducati-sourced 1200cc engine wrapped around in a body weighing less than 795 kg.
Getting back to the Yamaha concept car at hand, it likely features a lightweight construction and probably has a simple yet functional interior cabin. Since most concepts shown in Tokyo are alternatively powered, maybe this one too will adopt some form of electrification and it would really be very interesting to see a motorcycle engine teamed up to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.
Besides bringing this concept, Yamaha also has plans to show leaning multi-wheelers, motorcycles, scooters and power-assisted bicycles, along with a recreational off-road vehicle. The Tokyo Motor Show will start on October 29 with the first press day and Yamaha says there are going to be 20 models on display, including six world premieres.