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Auburn by Kimura. The ultimate definition of a compact car.

Hatchback LCt 1.8t trim shown in Smoky Quartz Metallic.

At the 2017 International Motor Show Germany, Kimura debuted the 10th generation Kimura Auburn for the 2018 model year. The second Kimura based on the CM-T (Compact Modifiable - Transverse) Global platform (the first being the 7th generation Auriga, debuting earlier in 2017), the Auburn comes with a new level of comfort, sophistication, and poise. This means front strut-type suspension and rear multilink suspension for extra grip at the limit and more supple, more comfortable highway drives. In addition, the new high-strength steel chassis is 25% stiffer than the previous model, creating a more solid driving dynamic. Retuned 4-wheel independent suspension has been further refined to make the Auburn handle with more precision, with a tighter turning circle and lower rotations lock-to-lock on the steering wheel. With the latest in aluminium technology, the Auburn’s panels are crafted completely from aluminum, leading to a lighter, more efficient Auburn. 4 engines are available; a naturally aspirated 1.8 Liter Inline-4, and 2 turbo engines; 1.6 and 1.8 Liter powerplants, ranging from 168 to 182 horsepower, respectively. These 3 engines, produced from previous designs, can be mated to a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. A 1.0 Liter 3-cylinder turbo petrol, 1.8 Liter turbodiesel, and 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engines will release later in 2018 for European markets. Taking every lesson learned from 10 generations of experience, the Auburn is the best that it could be.

Coupe LCt 1.8t trim shown in San Francisco Blue Metallic.

An extensive redesign was made for the latest Auburn. Now with the same innovative center console found in the Auriga, the Auburn comes with a standard 8.5” touch screen with a 10” unit optional. In addition, another evolution of infotainment comes with the Auburn; ClearSense²™ which again is compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Automatic braking, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Pedestrian Detection Systems, and KimuraGuard™ are also available. Overall, the design is more upscale than before, with richer materials used along the entire cabin. With an all-new HUD, flowing and luxurious design, and ergonomically designed to fit anyone’s driving needs, the Auburn’s interior gives way to all new Kimura’s of the future. With distinctive, modern styling, the Auburn emits a classy yet groundbreaking design. Revolutionary yet evolutionary, it remains a memorable and familiar design while staying timeless. The newest form of the Prismatic headlights return, with a more contemporary take on a well-known idea. The Auburn again is available in 3 classic body styles; a practical 5-Door hatchback, a stylish 2-door coupe, and a well-rounded 4-door saloon. With every meticulous change made to a proven formula comes out a car which has been tediously crafted to be as perfect as possible.

Sedan LCt 1.8t trim shown in Navy Metallic.

Sedan LCt 1.8t trim shown with Black Leather.

Features, Pricing, and Specifications

Color and Upholstery Options

Silk White Pearl, Cosmic Black, Cirrus Grey Pearl, Steel Silver Metallic, Smoky Quartz Metallic, Navy Metallic, Solar Silver Metallic, and Merlot Red Metallic, respectively.

Hatchback, Coupe model exclusive colors: Inferno Orange Metallic, Rogue Red Pearl, Lavender Violet Metallic, and San Francisco Blue Metallic, respectively.

Black, Grey, and Siesta Beige, respectively. All are available in cloth or leather upholstery.

67th International Motor Show Germany (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) [2017 Frankfurt Motor Show]

Certainly the previous Auburn seemed like a tough act to follow, but this latest model is a fitting replacement for the old model. Choosing a trim is even tougher now, though, such is the inherent quality of the basic design. However, if I had the chance, I would order a 1.8t LCt manual coupe in Inferno Orange with Siesta Beige leather seats, plus the Advanced Safety Package, Bose stereo, LED lights, etc… Basically all the options except for the slushbox.

One more question remains: will there be a hot hatch version of the latest Auburn?


1988 4M-Sport Concept by Kimura. The next-generation sports machine.

The Kimura 4M-Sport Concept was a concept car devised by Kimura in 1988. With the latest turbocharged inline-4 engine to be used in the Helruna, the 4M-Sport concept was very quick for it’s time. It had an Mid-engined AWD powertrain mated to a 6-speed manual, and in total weighed under 2400 lbs (1088 kg). With a total output of 240 HP and 206 lb-ft from it’s 2.3L I4, the 4M was able to propel from 0 to 62 MPH in 5.2 seconds. Styling was esoteric yet elegant, with futuristic and sleek properties that made the 4M truly unique.


It looks very futuristic for something launched on 1988, and reminds me of the Nissan Mid-4 concepts of the era. But did it enter production, and if not, why? At any rate it would have played a significant role in Kimura’s development of AWD drivetrains.


To answer your question on the Auburn, a high-performance model is planned.

As for the 4M-Sport, it didn’t enter production due to a lack of market. While it was fully developed and entered a prototype stage, the costs to build were deemed too high for the expected demand and price.


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Is this a hatchback version of the Auburn (which I feel deserves to be remade in UE4, if it hasn’t been already), or a completely new model from Kimura?

Edit: So it is the UE4 rendition of the Auburn, and I expect the trim being shown to be a higher-performance model compared to what has been shown previously.


It’s the Auburn, and the photo was made in UE4.


Devorak by Kimura. A family hauler, back-road brawler, and all-terrain crawler.

LCi4 trim shown in Damask Red Metallic.

The 5th generation Kimura Devorak was unveiled to the public at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The Devorak is underpinned with an all-new platform related to the CM-T platform called the E-HCM (Extended-High Capacity Modular) Global platform. 4-wheel independent suspension, then, is standard on all models. Propelling the US market Devorak are 3 engines; an economical turbocharged 2.3l Inline-4, a balanced 3.3l V6, and a powerful twin-turbocharged 3.3l V6. Power outputs range from 240 HP to 300 HP and all engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. V6 models are available with adaptive 4WD, which can send up to 70% of the power to the rear wheels and 100% of the power to the front wheels in slippery conditions. 4WD V6 models have competitive tow rating of 5000 lbs. Thanks to advances in Kimura’s aluminium technology, over 55% of the panels including the doors, hood, and trunk, are created from aluminium. This, in conjunction with meticulous suspension tuning, provides a surprisingly dainty driving experience from such a burly vehicle. A tight turning circle does not impede a casual highway drive with electronically adjustable suspension. The top trims are available with adaptive dampers which can modulate suspension travel hundred of times every second, which can be programmed for on-road and off-road driving. The Devorak was designed to shrink around the driver, and that is exactly what we have accomplished with the latest model.

LCi4 trim shown in Damask Red Metallic.

The Devorak symbolizes the pinnacle of style inside the cabin. An 8.5" screen is standard on all models, with a 10" unit optional on all trims and standard on LC trims. ClearSense²™ makes it’s return in the Devorak with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Automatic braking, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Pedestrian Detection Systems, and KimuraGuard™ are also available. Heavily inspired by nature, the interior of the Devorak clearly is an advanced, luxurious counterpart to it’s competitors. On LC trims, the center middle seat is swapped out for 2 captain’s chairs for maximum comfort and space. The design of the Devorak is completely new from the ground up; sharp edges are complemented by rounded details throughout the large body. Prismatic headlights are utilized on an imposingly elegant front end, with a sweeping design to the angular and intricate rear. The new Devorak is a demonstration that Kimura can build an SUV that can conquer any place with style.

LCi4 trim shown with Black Leather.

Features, Pricing, and Specifications

Color and Upholstery Options

Silk White Pearl, Cosmic Black, Niagara Aqua Pearl, Steel Silver Metallic, Rose Burgundy Metallic, Navy Metallic, Solar Silver Metallic, and Damask Red Metallic, respectively.

Black, Pearl White, Victoria Beige, and Copper Brown, respectively. All but Copper Brown are available in cloth or leather upholstery.

North American International Auto Show 2018

Looks nice, feels nice - so does it share its platform with the Auriga? That may explain how comfortable and vivacious it feels on the road… Or off-road, for that matter.


Review: Kimura Auburn (SXt, LCt and KR-R)

“Because someone has to provide predictability in the automotive world”

Splendid Auto Monthly - A Motoring Man's Meanderings (Gavin Anderson's Blog)
Splendid Auto Monthly - A Motoring Man's Meanderings (Gavin Anderson's Blog)

1985 TKR-C by Kimura. Combining the pinnacle of Kimura with the best of Bertone.

Kimura and Bertone joined forces in 1985 to create the TKR-C (Turbo K-RR Coupe), a powerful and comfortable 2-seater with presence to boot. A 2.2L turbocharged inline-4 was utilized with over 200 HP being sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual. Combined with an easy-repair fiberglass body, the TKR-C was able to rocket from 0-62 in under 6 and a half seconds, and weighed it at just 2218 lbs (1006 kg). 4-wheel double wishbone suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes keep the TKR-C in check at all times. Sports-tuned suspension and a limited slip differential give the Kimura sprightly, energetic handling at all speeds. Only 5,000 of this limited-run model were produces from 1985 to 1986, with the far less expensive Helruna spiritually replacing the TKR-C in 1990.

Note: I don’t actually have any connections with Bertone (duh), this car is pretty obviously fictional and I wanted to make a Bertone-style car. Please don’t sue


Stop it.

My 80s gland can only take so much :weary:


If there was any car from Kimura that deserved the Bertone treatment, the TKR-C would have been it. And its instrument panel would definitely have made it feel like something from Star Wars, as if the futuristic styling and punchy turbo engine didn’t convince me enough already!


Lemaitre by Kimura. Making electric cars interesting.

LCe trim shown in Niagara Aqua Metallic.

Unveiled at the 89th International Auto Show at Geneva, the Lemaitre is Kimura’s first-ever mass production electric car. Utilizing the CM-T platform that underpins almost all modern Kimura vehicles, the Lemaitre proves that electrification is viable on the new platform. 4-wheel independent suspension is standard on all models and provides a supple ride with sporty driving dynamics. Almost 75% of the car’s major components are made from aluminum, shaving weight down to under 1600 KG. Under greatest scrutiny, of course, are the motor and battery specifications; with a flat 65.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that remains under the floor and a 185-horsepower Permanent-magnet, synchronous AC motor, the Lemaitre is efficient yet exciting. Don’t worry about range anxiety, either; the Lemaitre gets an EPA estimated 280 miles of range. The suspension can be adjusted from comfort to sport as well as the regenerative braking using the infotainment. Overall, the Lemaitre is a concise package that should feel like any other car - underneath, however, it breaks grounds for the company.

LCe trim shown in Niagara Aqua Metallic.

Inside, the Lemaitre takes on a retro-modern take on an electric car interior. A massive 14" display is standard on all models and controls most of the vehicle’s functions such as radio, navigation, and interior lighting. ClearSense³™ debuts in the Lemaitre along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. A whole suite of active safety features in KimuraGuard™ are available. With a digital display that harks back to the original display of the first Kimura Auburn, the overall interior aesthetic is chic yet completely contemporary. In terms of the exterior design, simplicity is key. An elegant front end flows nicely into the geometric rear, both of which are complemented by gloss black “masks” that help to accentuate the car’s wide stance. An illuminated plug-in socket provides a nice touch to the car’s design. Overall, the Lemaitre is elegant inside and out, providing the perfect start to Kimura’s electric car production.

LCe trim shown with a Cream interior.

Pricing, Features, and Specifications

Color and Upholstery Options

Silk White Pearl, Cosmic Black, Niagara Aqua Pearl, Steel Silver Metallic, Tuscan Yellow, Navy Metallic, Solar Silver Metallic, and Damask Red Metallic, respectively.

Black, Pearl White, and Victoria Beige, respectively.

89th International Motor Show (Geneva Motor Show 2019)

Helruna by Kimura. An unforgettably flawless sports car.

SCt trim shown in San Francisco Blue Metallic.

All-new for 2015, the 4th generation Kimura Helruna stunned crowds around the world at the Los Angeles Auto Show with its striking style and improved performance. 2 engine options are available, both being turbocharged inline-4’s with power outputs ranging from 186 to 258 hp. A 6-speed manual is standard on all trims whilst an 8-speed automatic is optional on SXt and SCt trims. Thanks to copious use of high-strength steel and aluminum in the body and chassis, weight is kept down to under 1300 kg on every trim - even with 2+2 seating. Helruna’s classic FR layout guarantees that your driving experience is as zesty as any high-performance sports car. Honed at Tokachi International Speedway, the home of Kimura Racing-Ralliart, the fine-tuned double wishbone and multi-link suspension provides the perfect balance of control, athleticism, and comfort at all speeds. Most of all, the Helruna rewards the driver for learning the nuances in the joys of driving - no matter what your skill level is, you will be able to enjoy the Helruna as an every day sports car.

SCt trim shown in San Francisco Blue Metallic.

Great care was taken when designing the 2015 Helruna. With global consultation and styles considered from every walk of life, we have created this finished design that equalizes elegance with true sporty intent. Inside, the interior prioritizes its driver; a perfect, low driving position that is creates an open, airy space that remains high-quality and bright with colored accenting. Within its simple, flowing body and balanced proportions lies great detail from every angle. The side vents and body line hark back to the original Hokkaido Motors K-1000C of the 1950s, and has since been a design tradition for all Kimura sports machines. No matter what angle you look from, the Helruna is sure to leave an impression on its audience; this is just a small taste of what lies beneath the skin.

Pricing, Features, and Specifications

Color and Upholstery Options

Silk White Pearl, Cosmic Black, San Francisco Blue Metallic, Steel Silver Metallic, Fuji Yellow, Navy Metallic, Solar Silver Metallic, and Sapporo Red Metallic, respectively.

Black, Pearl White, and Victoria Beige, respectively.

Kimura Motors Museum

This is the car whose design and engineering was decided in CSC1 if I’m not mistaken. My ideal spec for this generation of Helruna would be a top-shelf, manual-only, KR-R with every option box ticked, including the Active Safety and Track Packages, and ordered in San Francisco Blue Metallic with a Victoria Beige interior.


Hana by Kimura. The future of smart, stylish, go-anywhere travelling.

LCt 1.6t AWD trim shown in Monaco Aqua Metallic.

The redesigned 2nd generation Hana combines chic styling with smart packaging that makes the most of the Hana’s urban size. Internationally there are 3 engine options are available with 2 more diesels plants available in European and Japanese markets. In North American markets, the Hana will receive a naturally aspirated 1.8 L Inline-4. European and Asian markets start with a 1.3 L turbocharged inline-3, with all markets having an optional turbocharged 1.6 L inline-4 that can be paired with all-wheel drive. An 8-speed automation is standard on 1.3 L and 1.6 L models, although a 6-speed manual is optional on 1.6 L trims. The next-generation CM-T platform underpins the Hana. Therefore, the platform is primarily made out of high-strength steel and fortified with aluminum, with a structure that is 75% stiffer than the previous vehicle. On the road, the Hana’s handling remains dynamic and precise, with easy maneuverability in tight spaces. Optional AWD gives the Hana all-weather capability so you can travel everywhere. A meticulously engineered SUV that can be enjoyed by all walks of life, the Hana proves to be a capable performer in all aspects.

LCt 1.6t AWD trim shown in Acadia Black Leather.

Inside and out, the new Hana takes a bold stance on design and functionality. Inside, the combination of an upscale ambiance with playful details help to formulate a space that can be treated as a second home. Body-colored accents, ambient lighting, and a customizable interface help make the car feel like your own whilst high-quality interior materials let you know that you’re in something special. The Hana is the first Kimura to come standard with a digital instrument gauge which can project information from the infotainment to the eye sight of the driver in complete clarity. The front seats are deeply scalloped in order to provide more rear legroom, but thanks to new AirLoft technology they remain even more comfortable and supple than standard bucket seats. On the outside, the new Hana has a bold design that is sure to turn heads. Donning the company face in a way never before seen, the futuristic yet timeless styling employs sweeping curves and hard edges around the front and rear fascias. With cohesive angles working in harmony to create a burly yet refined look, the exterior design has the credentials to stand out of any crowd. Dual-tone body paint options help to emphasize the bold new look of the Hana. Well-crafted on the inside and distinctive outside, the new Hana has the ability to impress everyone who drives one.

LCt 1.6t AWD trim shown in Monaco Aqua Metallic.

Pricing, Features, and Specifications

Color and Upholstery Options

Gloss paints: Cosmic Black, Cirrus Grey.
Metallic paints: Monaco Aqua, Sapporo Red, Solar Silver, Oak Brown, Sirius Blue.
Pearl paints: Silk White, Fuji Yellow, Eveque Gold.

Black, Pearl White, and Victoria Beige, respectively.

68th International Motor Show Germany (Frankfurt Auto Show)

H3X Concept by Kimura. Envisioning the next-generation sports car for the near future.

Revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the Kimura H3X Concept previews what is soon to come in the Kimura lineup. Under the hood of the H3X concept lies a turbocharged 1.2 Liter Inline-3 engine and an electric motor which combine to produce over 300 horsepower. Mated to a 7-speed sequential transmission and able to switch from pure electric to hybrid power at any time, the H3X is capable of achieving over 55 MPG and up to 80 miles on electric range alone. The lightweight carbon fiber/aluminum chassis means steadfast acceleration and improved economy, as well as a rigid chassis that is one of the stiffest produced by Kimura. Even with the batteries, the kerb weight of the H3X rings it at under 1100 kgs, making it a svelte sports machine. Active suspension components and shutters around the car provide technology that is soon to make their way to mainstream Kimura vehicles.

Outside, the H3X is a clear evolution of the classic Kimura style. The aggressive sculpting and suggestive vents maintain brand identity, but with dramatic proportions on a short wheelbase it’s clear that this 2-seater sports concept is making a statement. The active technology headlights are a fierce complement to the bold, dynamic front end treatment. Along the sides, there are more aerodynamic components that help to direct airflow over the rear wheels for maximum air efficiency. The rear echos the sculpted nature of the front, with a bold rear diffuser and exaggerated taillights. On the inside, the combination of new and old come into play - a “virtual cockpit” lies in the sight of the driver, with a camera mounted to the front that displays the road ahead in a faux-3d style. The center infotainment screen has an innovative AR technology that can speak to the driver and guide them to any destination in clear detail, along with motion controls. Overall, the H3X’s style and functionality meld into one beautifully designed, elegant sports car.

Tokyo Motor Show 2019