Ken Okuyama Design Mulls U.S. Sales for K.07, EV Version
- Designer Ken Okuyama has big plans for his exclusive K.07 sports car, including U.S. sales and an electric version set to debut in 2014.
- The K.07, Japan's most exclusive sports car, is now available with a wider engine choice.
YAMAGATA, Japan — Designer Ken Okuyama has big plans for his exclusive K.07 sports car, including U.S. sales and an electric version set to debut in 2014.
With a polished body and some of the raciest wheels in the business, the K.07, the sleek, two-seater sports car created by the Japanese design legend has long had a style of its own. The hand-built K.07 is priced from $160,000 to $374,000, depending on the specification.
The company says it is now working out the best way to serve overseas clients.
Launched in 2008 as a new and rarefied open-topped sportster, the K.07 came to market with potent 2.0-liter power.
The appeal of the ultra-high end K.07 has since stepped up several notches, however, thanks to a wider engine choice, from 1.6 liter up to 2.4-liter.
As conceived by Okuyama, the ex-Pininfarina design chief who styled the Ferrari Enzo, the K.07 boasts an exotic carbon-fiber and aluminum construction. It's also been built to the highest standards of traditional Japanese craftsmanship.
Inside, the K.07 boasts a luscious red leather interior with plenty of chrome and a fabulous TAG Carrera watch mounted on the dash.
Power was originally supplied by a mid-mounted Toyota twin-cam engine, essentially the same engine as used in the Lotus Elise, but taken out to 2.0-liters and output set between 197 and 237 horsepower.
Ken Okuyama has since fine-tuned the Elise-based platform, suspension and steering to make the driving experience reportedly even more lithe.
Production of the K.07 began as of the middle of 2011 and Ken Okuyama Design is now building the K.07 completely in-house at its Yamagata factory.
Besides Toyota 1.6 and 2.0 engines, Honda V-TEC 2.0 or 2.4 units are also available now. By tuning these engines from 140 hp to 300 hp, you can imagine the track performance with a curb weight of just 1,609 pounds.
Rather like Porsche Design, Okuyama Design has also branched out into different kinds of lifestyle design, such as furniture, sunglasses and beautifully designed Japanese artifacts, including pots, kettles and cups.
Edmunds says: Wouldn't it be something to see the K.07 running on U.S. roads, especially in EV mode?