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Tony O'Kane | Apr, 29 2014 | 1 Comment

A Mitsuoka what?

In case you didn't know, Japanese boutique "manufacturer" Mitsuoka has carved out a niche for itself by rebodying cars like the Nissan Micra, Maxima and Mazda MX-5 into retro-styled cars for those with a hankering for the nostalgic, but a preference for Japanese reliability.

The Orochi, however, is the only unique model. Now, after a low-volume production run spanning eight years it's finally on its way out.

Depending on how you feel about the Orochi's... organic styling, that may be a good thing.

There is also no escaping the fact that the Orochi's 172kW/328Nm Toyota-sourced 3.3L V6 is lukewarm at best - especially considering the mid-engined Mitsuoka is no lightweight at 1.6 tonne unladen.

We haven't driven it, few have, but an antiquated five-speed automatic (also sourced from Toyota) likely ensures the driving experience is anything but exciting.

But after eight years, Mitsuoka is pulling the pin on the Orochi, and farewelling it with a limited run of five Final Edition models painted a deep metallic purple, with another three Final Editions finished in a pealescent gold.

How much? Mitsuoka wants ¥1.2 million for each Orochi Final Edition, equivalent to roughly AU$134,000 in today's money - only six grand cheaper than a Porsche Cayman S.

 
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