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by Tim Beissmann

Japanese manufacturer Yamaha has released a teaser image of a sports car concept it’s readying for the 2015 Tokyo motor show later this month.

Best known for building vehicles with two wheels rather than four, the company says the coupe concept is “inspired by motorcycles” and “expresses the unique style of Yamaha”.

The shadowy sketch reveals little about concept, though does uncover its pumped front and rear wheel arches, low nose, curvaceous roofline, and multi-layer spoiler arrangement.

There’s no word on the concept’s propulsion at this stage, though it’s expected to feature some form of electrification. If it follows this year’s motor show theme ‘Your heart will race’, based on the concept of ‘Technology + Fantasy’, it’s likely to deliver decent performance.

Despite specialising in motorcycles, scooters and boats, among various others fields, Yamaha is no stranger to the world of four-wheelers. The Lexus RC F and new GS F are powered by a Yamaha-designed 5.0-litre V8, and Volvo’s S60 V8 Supercar is also a 5.0-litre based on the old Yamaha-designed 4.4-litre V8 previously used in the S80 and XC90.

Reports from earlier this year suggested the Yamaha Motiv.e two-seat city car is set to enter production in 2019.

It’s also not the first time the Yamaha badge has been attached to a sports car. In 1992, it unveiled the OX99-11, though financial issues meant it never reached production.

Yamaha’s new sports coupe concept will be revealed in Tokyo on October 29.




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