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Tokyo 2015: Yamaha presents radical-looking Sports Ride Concept

Tokyo 2015: Yamaha presents radical-looking Sports Ride Concept image

Text: / Photos: Vince Pornelos | posted October 29, 2015 12:49

Meet Yamaha's experimental vehicle concept, the Sports Ride Concept

Yamaha arrived at this year's Tokyo Motor Show with a new concept that aims to instill the riding thrill of a motorcycle, into a sports car. Called the Sports Ride Concept, it features a radically-designed exterior that expresses a 'driver-machine relationship'.

The rear of the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept

Measuring in at 3,900mm long, 1,720mm wide and 1,170mm tall, the Sports Ride Concept has an aggressive front end and a sleek side profile. The rear on the other hand has thin taillghts, diffuser-integrated bumper and centrally-mounted dual exhausts.

Front quarter view of the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept

The body itself was made using the iStream process. This was originally developed by Gordon Murray Design Limited that focuses on making lightweight, rigid vehicle structures with Formula One derived technology.

Yamaha also noted that they used the theme 'Elementarism', a form of abstract art which heavily used vertical and horizontal lines that can also be mixed diagonal streaks and usage of primary colors.

Carbon fiber and Yamaha Logo on the Sports Ride Concept

Aside from its distinct exterior design, the 2-seater concept only weighs 750kg thanks to its carbon fiber body.

It has a motorcycle-inspired interior, with the instrument panel mimicking the gauge cluster layout and look of most Yamaha motorcycles. It also has a leather interior, contrasting metal accents and what appears to be a luggage compartment behind the passenger seat.

Headlights of the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept

Details about its powertrain were not specified but it does have cross-drilled and slotted disc brakes, and alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tires.

Yamaha badging on the Sports Ride Concept

Yamaha also did not say if this will be a prelude for a future production vehicle.