Yamaha unveiled the Sports Ride Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The two-seater has been created to offer the excitement of a motorcycle in a sports car.
The concept is based on a new variant of the iStream layout called iStream Carbon. This layout is created by Gordon Murray, the designer who was responsible for the iconic McLaren F1. The iStream was first showcased in the Yamaha Motiv.e concept displayed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The latest concept was created in a span of five months and weighs 750 kg.
The Sports Ride Concept’s design is heavily influenced by motorcycles, both on the exterior and the interior. The car measures 3,900 mm long, 1,720 mm wide and 1,170 mm high. Carbon fiber has been used in copious amounts to keep the weight down on the mid-engine car that is expected to be a future Lotus Elise rival.
Yamaha did not reveal details of what is under the hood, but there are reports suggesting an updated version of the 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine used in the Motiv.e city car concept with about 80 hp.
Yamaha has not revealed production plans yet but commercialization seems very likely by the end of the decade.