Yamaha’s latest machine has four wheels, but it’s definitely not an ATV.
Looking more like a tiny supercar, it foreshadows a possible new venture by the motorcycle maker into the real of automobiles.
Called the Sports Ride concept, it’s based on the iStream process developed by Gordon Murray; the man who created the McLaren F1. This isn’t the first time Yamaha and Murray have teamed up either, debuting the Motiv city car at the same show two years ago.
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As such, it’s designed to use lightweight materials and use technologies from Formula 1.
Nearly identical in length and width to the Mazda MX-5, it’s roughly 2.5 inches lower overall.
Weighing just 1,654 lbs, there’s no word on an engine, though the possibilities are endless. Not only is Yamaha entirely capable of making high-revving powerplant for small machines, they even created the spectacular 4.8-liter V10 in the Lexus LFA.