The Production Version of the 2020 3rd Generation Tanaka Akuma Revealed!
Tanaka Akuma V8S on the left and the Tanaka Akuma V8R on the right
Since its debut of the concept in the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show, Tanaka went on continuing to improve the car both in looks, performance and affordability. The senior designer, Abura Nagasaki, is now happy with the new design. The new 2020 Tanaka Akuma is now greenlit for production with deliveries starting on late 2020.
Tanaka Akuma V8S shown
The initial design that was revealed in the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show was a design proposal by a group of junior designers of Tanaka. Tanaka decided to use this minimalistic design initially in their prototype debut at Geneva as a blank canvas for improvements. The design received positive feedbacks. However, Abura felt that something was missing. Therefore, he redesigned the car to give a more aggressive look to it. The rear centre vent is enlarged to allow more cooling. The front is especialy redesigned. While some of the original headlight shape retained, the whole headlight unit is changed. LED DRLs are now flowing to the bottom of the bumper. The side vents, which used to be at the bottom of the headlights, are now surrounded with the LED DRLs. There is are new centre vents to direct air to parts of the car. In between those 2 grilles is a bar. The bar can be in an aluminium finish, body-coloured finish, satin grey finish and a carbon-fibre finish. Of course, the bubble roof is still there to make space for taller people and people who use helmets to track their cars. But now, there is a sunroof in between the bubbles. Overall, details have been added and tweaked. This makes the car very recognizable.
The bare chassis of the Tanaka Akuma V8R with all the suspension and drivetrain components…
Of course, the chassis and the drivetrain stays the same. A full-carbon-fibre body on a full carbon-fibre chassis with pushrod suspension all around 4 corners. AWD is standard with E-Diff. For the V8S, the Z47DI-A2 EarthBoost unit produces 658HP and 615lb-ft of torque while for the V8R, the Z47DI-B2 EarthBoost unit produces 716HP and 620lb-ft of torque. Efficiency is increased too.
|Suspension Type (F/R)||Pushrod/Pushrod||-|
|Tire type||Dunlap Sport Compounds||-|
|Tyre Size (F/R)||240/290 mm||-|
|Engine||Z47DI-A2 EarthBoost (DOHC 4.7 litre 32 Valve Direct-Injected Turbocharged V8)||Z47DI-B2 EarthBoost (DOHC 4.7 litre 32 Valve Direct-Injected turbocharged V8)|
|Fuel recommendation||95RON Unleaded Premium||-|
|Top Speed (mph)||212||214|
|Acceleration (0-60mph)||2.5 Seconds||-|
|Lateral G (around a 20m radius circle)||1.25 g’s||1.27 g’s|
|Curb Weight (kg)||1487||1476|
|Fuel Economy (US MPG)||27.0||26.0|
|Brakes||Carbon Ceramic, 2 piston front & 2 piston rear||-|
|Interior||Premium leather with Aluminium trimming (carbon-fibre optional)||-|
|Infotainment System||Tanaka Premium HUD||-|
|Suspension (springs/dampers/sway bars)||Active Sport/Semi-active/Passive||-|
|Active Aero||3-stage Active Aero||-|
|Base Price (without mark-ups, taxes and shipping costs)||$202000||$221000|
Note: (-) means the same as the left
Stay tuned for the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show for a surprise!