If you are a regular viewer of Top Gear, the world’s most beloved automotive program, you might remember the Mitsuoka Orochi sports car. Thanks to James May’s thoroughly hilarious review, the Orochi has now become synonymous with everything that’s weird and wonderful from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Unfortunately, this strange fish-inspired sportscar is on its way out, according to reports from CarAdvice Australia. And this manga-inspired example you see here, painted in all the colours of the rainbow and more, will be the Orochi’s swan song.
Inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion, a critically and commercially successful Japanese animated TV series that aired in 1995 and 1996, the Orochi will be limited to just 11 units. In the series, set in a Tokyo of the future, a small group of kids are selected to pilot giant part-living Evangelion robots, and it’s their task to do battle with various Angels that seeking to destroy humankind. With every unit of the Orochi Evangelion paying homage to each kid, they will come with an unique paint scheme. Powertrain is still the same though: a mid-mounted 3.3-litre Toyota V6 sending 230PS to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic gearbox.
And apparently, there’s a demand for such cars in japan, even at the steep price of $ 157,000. Mitsuoka, instead of selling the Orochi Evangelion Edition directly to interested customers, will be conducting a lottery to find successful candidates. Tickets for the same can be purchased at 7-Eleven stores throughout the country and the winner will be announced on December 23.
But you wont be getting your prized possession straightaway. Deliveries will take anywhere between three to five months, which is understandable given the small size of the manufacturer.