HIKARU HEAVY INDUSTRIES IS COMING TO LETARA - 5 JANUARY 1985
Some lore on Hikaru's entrance into the Letaran Market
Even considering Hikaru’s complete lack of expertise in the field of foreign marketing, in early 1985, they made their first foray into the foreign market. Filled with pride and with an aim to show Letara the best of what their company had to offer, they decided to only sell the Japan-wide success that was the Hikaru Katana Series at first until they had a foothold in the market. They would indeed have to pay the 20% import tax on a car that was already inching over budget, alongside needing to pay fines due to the lack of a speed limiter on the car, but those were tradeoffs that they were willing to take. They’d just have to let the car speak for itself, and see how it did on its own merits.
Introducing the 1985 Hikaru Katana BCT V5
An all-new coupe ready to take on whatever is thrown at it, from bad weather, to poor maintenance, this car is designed to be a cinch to own. With a hardy 1.7L 16V SOHC I4 producing over 110HP propelling a body weighing only 820KGS, it’s no slouch either, getting to 100KPH in just 7.7 seconds, and going on to reach a projected top speed of almost 210KPH. With this performance, you’d expect the car to be a bit painful to drive everyday, but the Katana is here to change that perception of sports cars. With a fuel economy rating of 33.0 UK MPG, it can easily whisk you around town whilst not breaking the bank. Alongside this, the car features fully independent all-around double wishbone suspension, tuned meticulously to offer the perfect blend of a comfortable and sporty feeling. This is all crafted with a highly advanced auto-reversing and logic-controlled cassette deck with Dolby sound, alongside a full equaliser panel.
For all of the sports lovers out there, the Katana comes standard with a five speed manual and FWD for excellent acceleration and cornering. With low-speed cornering grip being 9.48Gs and high-speed cornering grip being 9.33Gs, you can definitely expect to have a fun time driving if you’re in the mood to throw it around a bit.
Of course, the car comes fitted with all the required safety equipment recommended by the Letaran Automotive Safety Commission, featuring side airbags and seatbelts all around. It’s engine is WES-8 capable, ensuring that the car is very much future-proofed, perfect when combined with its trademark Japanese reliability.
With all of this in mind, is there any reason not to go to your local import specialist today and order one of our new Hikaru Katanas?
And now a message from our Kaicho, Yuiichi Hikaru:
“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for allowing our cars on your shores, and we hope that they can make a positive impact on your market. みなさん、ありがとうございます. (Minasan, arigatou gozaimasu).”
Hikaru - Performance made simple.