Since 2001, the Japanese automaker Mitsuoka is producing a sports car called the Mitsuoka Orochi. It was originally introduced as a concept vehicle. It was actually a preview of the features and updates in the design that was going to be appeared in the year 2003 and then in 2005. The production version was supposed to launch in 2006 for the year 2007. The name Orochi was an inspiration taken from a mythical Yamata no Orochi, an eight-headed dragon. The company describes Orochi as “Orochi is the car to ride to gather attention from everyone”, and categorizes this car as a “Fashion-Super Car”.
Primarily manufactured as concept car, the Orochi was built on platform that it shared with the Honda NSX. It was revealed for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show. The company continued to make revisions and updates in the vehicle and introduced a redesigned model in the year 2005. This new version was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show of 2005 under Orochi Nude-Top Roadster name.
The production version of Orochi was introduced by Mitsuoka in October 2006. The production version came equipped with a 3.3-L Toyota 3MZ-FE V6 engine with an output of 230 hp (172 kW). For the next four years, Mitsuoka restricted the production of Orochi to just 400 units and each unit had a price tag of ¥10,500,000 (US$106,600).
A special version of Orochi was introduced by Mitsuoka in September 2007 under Kabuta name. The price set for this special version is ¥11,970,000 (US$121,600).
Orochi Zero was another version introduced by Mitsuoka on January 30, 2008. For this version, the company only produced 20 units and that too were given to the customers with pre-orders in June 2008. In order to reduce the price of the car, Mitsuoka limited the options like restricted the vehicle to only one color. By implementing this approach, Mitsuoka was able to take the price of the car down to ¥9,340,000 (US$94,800), or ¥1,160,000 (US$11,800), comparatively less than the original models of Orochi.