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Mitsuoka’s incredible Orochi is dead

Published: 21 Nov 2014

Tissues at the ready, dear readers: the Mitsuoka Orochi hasn't long for this world. One of Japan's weirdest offerings - and in a world of Daihatsu Copens and Autozam AZ-1s that really is a statement with clout - bows out once 11 of these predictably whacky Evangelion Editions have been sold.

It marks the end of Orochi production with an eye-searing paint job, apparently inspired by the ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion' anime series.

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Other than that it's business as usual (well, as ‘usual' as a car that looks like a melted hedge trimmer can possibly be), with a mid-mounted 3.3-litre Toyota V6 sending 230bhp to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic gearbox. It will be priced around £90,000.

If you're unsure whether the Orochi's impending exit from this mortal coil is a bad thing, let us fill you in.

Its name originates from the name of an eight-headed, eight-tailed dragon from Japanese legend. Fittingly, that's the only thing that would garner more second glances sidling down a busy Tokyo street.

On that note, Mitsuoka itself describes the Orochi as "the car to ride to gather attention from everyone". It also declares it a ‘fashion supercar', whatever definition those two words actually take when shoehorned together.

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Its advertising for the car is unwaveringly superb. The Orochi is summed up as "brilliance and luridness in front of your eyes". Anything with that as its tagline ought to be bought immediately without question.

If you're inspired to do just that, then we have one final nugget of craziness to share with you: forget the local Mitsuoka dealer, the Orochi Evangelion Edition can only be bought at 7-Eleven shops. Yes, the 7-Eleven shops where you'd normally purchase milk or chewing gum.

We're going for a sit down.

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