Former Enzo Designer Reveals Kode9


Ken Okuyama, former Pininfarina schooled designer reveals his company's latest creation.

Ken Okuyama headed several major projects while working at Pininfarina including the Ferrari 599, Enzo Ferrari, Maserati Birdcage 75th Anniversary, and Ferrari P4/5. Since 2006, he has operated his own design studio. The kode 7 or KO7 Spider, a lightweight track car in the mold of the Ariel Atom and Caterham Seven, was his maiden creation. Seven years on and the talented designer has revealed the Kode9, a new sports coupe and Japan’s answer to the Lotus Elise.

Part sports car, part race car, according to Okuyama the Kode9 has “stunning but simple proportions and a driving experience to rival some of today’s greatest sports cars. "This is my message to today’s car industry which seems stuck in a rut of overly complicated lines and styling based on the lowest-common-denominator.” Power comes from a 2.0-liter supercharged engine rated at 316 hp, while the lightweight sports coupe uses a hydro-aluminum chassis with bespoke front and rear ends. The Kode9 weighs in at just 890 kg. Also on show in Tokyo is the KO7 Clubsport, a stripped-out, lightweight variant of the KO7, and a cutting-edge tractor.

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