Yamaha Wants to Sell You A Sports Car

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

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.

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.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Oct 29, 2015

    In some ways this car looks like an Acura NSX shrunk in length. And it looks rather bulky. Perhaps a design study to gauge people's reaction.

  • OWL649 OWL649 on Dec 10, 2015

    Great lines. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to drive!