The Orochi will end its production run with 11 distinctively painted Mitsuoka Orochi Evangelion Edition models.
It’s unlikely that the Orochi has ever had the shrinking violet sobriquet thrown at it, but for its final hurrah it’s going all out to capture the attention of all and sundry.
The Evangelion Edition’s psychadelic paintwork is inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion, a Japanese animated TV series that aired in 1995 and 1996, and is one of the most critically and commercially successful animes of all time.
In the series, set in a Tokyo of the future, a small group of kids are selected to pilot giant part-living Evangelion robots, and it’s their task to do battle with various Angels that seeking to destroy humankind.
Reports indicate that just 11 Orochi Evangelion Editions will be built, with each model featuring a unique paint scheme and priced at 16 million yen ($157,000).
In a final twist, the car can only be purchased via lottery tickets, which are available until the end of November, at 7-Eleven stores throughout Japan. Successful buyers will be informed on December 23 and should receive their cars within about five months.
Underneath the Evangelion Edition’s arresting paint scheme there’s no step up from the mechanical package found in more humble Orchis. There’s a 3.3-litre V6 from Toyota, located behind the driver and passenger, churning out 172kW of power and 328Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.