Yamaha Tricera concept to be unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

The buggy gets a rear wheel steering tech and is not expected to go into production.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 16 Oct 2023 Views icon6688 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Yamaha will bring an electric three-wheeler and a hydrogen-combustion dune buggy to the Tokyo motor show in a bid to bring “unfiltered joy” to the world of urban mobility. The Yamaha Tricera is similar in concept to the Morgan Super 3 and 3 Wheeler, featuring an open-sided cockpit with seating for two.

According to Yamaha, the powertrain and chassis are “highly responsive”. They've even introduced a novel rear-wheel steering system that's said to sharpen the Tricera’s turn-in response. This steering can also be controlled manually, and reportedly, provides “the sense of accomplishment that comes when acquiring and developing new driving skills”.

The firm added: “Modern mobility is shifting toward automated driving, but that is precisely why Yamaha Motor is going back to basics.” The Yamaha Tricera is not expected to go into production, but the motorcycle manufacturer has historically shown an appetite for vehicles with more than two wheels.

In 1992, it unveiled the OX99-11, a two-seat sports car that would have featured a 400bhp V12 had it not been axed in 1994. Since then, it has helped with the development of several high-performance engines, including those in the Lexus LFA and Lexus RC F.

In 2022, the company was also working with Toyota to convert the RC F’s 5.0-litre V8 to hydrogen combustion, a technology that could significantly reduce the net carbon emissions of conventional engines.

Yamaha has continued to experiment with hydrogen combustion independently and has converted a YXZ1000R buggy to burn hydrogen. Yamaha said: “Yamaha Motor is exploring that potential in order to keep the unique appeal of these engines alive, such as their sound and feel when on the go, well into the future.”

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