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As we get ready for next week's LA Auto Show, we're working on cleaning our SEMA and Tokyo Motor Show pictures off our camera. The first ones from Tokyo we need to get rid of — for fear we'll break our shiny black DSLR due to accidentally dropping it while retching — are our newest shots of the Orochi, a mid-engined "super car" from the folks at Mitsuoka. While it's certainly exotic-looking (and by exotic, we mean "fugly") Mitsuoka's contention of "super car" status is probably more wishful thinking than reality, as the Orochi's powered by a 3MZ-FE V6 mated to a five-speed auto tranny. If it sounds familiar, it should — it's the same six-cylinder found in Toyota's 5th gen Camry, Solara and Highlander. The Orochi weighs just under 3,500 lbs, so that not-so-huge powerplant gives Mitsuoka's "new hotness" a mere 230 HP — about 10 horses less than a 2000 Dodge Intrepid R/T. It's hard to call something a "super car" when it's got less horses under the hood than an LH-platformed Mopar. Still, if you drive one of these limited-edition $91,000 cars, you'll certainly be noticed. Of course, you'll probably be laughed at too.

[Mitsuoka Orochi]


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