Yamaha debuted a motorcycle-inspired MWC-4 concept in Tokyo featuring a hybrid powertrain and Transformer-like looks.
Looking a bit like a steampunk golf cart or some sort of insectoid Transformer, Yamaha's MWC-4 is a single-seat personal mobility device that leans into corners.
Powered comes from dual electric motors that are backed by a small range-extender engine.
The spindly runabout looks well suited to densely populated cities with low-speed traffic where maneuverability and ease of parking are prime assets.
Yamaha used the Tokyo Motor Show to rollout an interesting leaning multi-wheel concept.
Yamaha says the MWC-4's suspension setup provides a level of ride quality not found on a conventional motorcycle.
The MWC-4's Transformer-like looks are the result of Yamaha drawing design inspiration from motorcycles and music instruments and smashing them together in the concept.
Measuring just 8.7 feet in length and 2.9 feet in width, the small mobility device is well suited to navigate crowded city streets.
A digital screen inside the of the Yamaha MWC-4.
Since this is a Yamaha product, the company also made sure there was space in the MWC-4 concept to safely carry a music instrument in a seatback compartment.
How the Yamaha MWC-4 looks when going around corners.
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