Automotive

Famed Japanese designer presents three new cars ... and a tractor

Famed Japanese designer presen...
Ken Okuyama's new vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show
Ken Okuyama's new vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show
View 56 Images
Ken Okuyama's new vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show
1/56
Ken Okuyama's new vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show
Ken Okuyama's new vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show
2/56
Ken Okuyama's new vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show
The kode 9 concept
3/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept cockpit
4/56
The kode 9 concept cockpit
The kode 9 concept
5/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
6/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
7/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
8/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
9/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
10/56
The kode 9 concept
The Yanmar Y Concept YT01 Advanced Tractor
11/56
The Yanmar Y Concept YT01 Advanced Tractor
The kode 7 Clubman
12/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
13/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
14/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
15/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
16/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
17/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
18/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
19/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
20/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman
21/56
The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Exclusive
22/56
The kode 7 Exclusive
The kode 7 Exclusive
23/56
The kode 7 Exclusive
The kode 7 Exclusive
24/56
The kode 7 Exclusive
The kode 7 Exclusive
25/56
The kode 7 Exclusive
The kode 7 Exclusive
26/56
The kode 7 Exclusive
The kode 7 Exclusive
27/56
The kode 7 Exclusive
The kode 7 Exclusive
28/56
The kode 7 Exclusive
The kode 7 Exclusive - design sketch
29/56
The kode 7 Exclusive - design sketch
The kode 9 concept
30/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
31/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
32/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
33/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
34/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
35/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
36/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
37/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
38/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
39/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept
40/56
The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 is powered by a Japan-sourced 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an HKS supercharger, that puts out 370 hp
41/56
The kode 9 is powered by a Japan-sourced 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an HKS supercharger, that puts out 370 hp
The kode 9 concept's cockpit
42/56
The kode 9 concept's cockpit
The kode 9 concept, with designer Ken Okuyama
43/56
The kode 9 concept, with designer Ken Okuyama
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
44/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
45/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
46/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
47/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
48/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
49/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
50/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
51/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
52/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
53/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
54/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
55/56
The kode 9 concept - design sketch
56/56

While you might not know who Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama is, you've no doubt seen his creations. The Japanese auto designer has worked with Pininfarina and General Motors, overseeing the design of cars such as the Ferrari Enzo and P4/5, the Honda NSX, and the C5 Corvette. He was also employed at Porsche, where he helped design the 996 and Boxster. At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, he's showing four vehicles that he created as part of his own Ken Okuyama Design brand. Three of them are intended for the road and/or track, while the other is made for the field.

The kode 9 concept

Looking sort of like it belongs in the Speed Racer TV series (especially with that rear dorsal fin), the kode 9 is a street-legal racer that was inspired by race cars from the 1963 to 1973 era. Its body features a hydro-formed aluminum chassis, along with custom carbon fiber, 3D-printed and CNC-cut components. All of the components in its adjustable suspension are also unique to the car.

The kode 9 concept
The kode 9 concept

It's powered by a Japan-sourced 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an HKS supercharger, that puts out 370 hp. The car's total weight is a lithe 890 kg (1,962 lb).

The kode 7 Clubman

This open-top racer is a simplified version of Ken Okuyama Design's existing k.07, which has actually been manufactured and sold in limited numbers since 2008. In order to make it faster and lighter, changes introduced in this model include a movable front cowl, retractable headlights and less driver comforts in the cockpit. Additionally, a reported 50 percent of its parts are 3D-printed.

The kode 7 Clubman
The kode 7 Clubman

Power is provided by a 250 hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, although no performance stats are available. If you want one, it'll cost you 8.5 million yen (US$83,900).

The kode 7 Exclusive

This one is the regular k.07, with some new features and a new name. The aluminum and carbon fiber-bodied car is hand-built to the specs of each buyer. It's claimed to deliver "motorcycle-like handling and performance," thanks to its 230 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.Again, there's no word on exactly what it's capable of doing, other than making a 25 million yen ($246,880) dent in your bank account. It can be seen in action in the video below.

KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN kode7

Yanmar Y Concept YT01 Advanced Tractor

Yes, and then there's this thing. It was designed in collaboration with the Yanmar tractor company, and reportedly features "superb all-around visibility" in a comfortable, safe cockpit. Driver comfort may ultimately not matter, however, as its GPS satnav system is intended to allow it to eventually operate autonomously – and it wouldn't be the first tractor to do so.

The Yanmar Y Concept YT01 Advanced Tractor
The Yanmar Y Concept YT01 Advanced Tractor

Source: Ken Okuyama Design

1 comment
rik.warren
Love the Exclusive Clubman. I only it were priced @ one tenth of the posted cost it would be a hit. Understanding the "Exclusive" moniker is the key, it seems mass producible. Seems like the market which considers motorcycles would have no problem embracing the open cockpit.