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no, I mean putting the letter badges on them. any other fixture would overlap those badges.

Zenshi SF C '18

The SF C is a coupe variant of the SF roadster that was released in 2017.

Aside from the disability to retract a roof, the SF C is basically an SF for those who don’t want to bother with a Roadster. If one was to put the SF and SF C side by side, one may notice that the coupe itself is slightly different from the roadster. Barring the roof, the C possessed a slightly more aggressive look from both the front and the rear, such as a different design for the central exhaust exit and the side vents from the front.

Under the hood is a choice between the naturally aspirated CF15-GDA 1.5L Inline 4, which has a high compression ratio and cranks 146 HP, and the turbocharged version, the CF15-GDAT, which makes over 40 more HP, at 187. Both engines have a 6-Speed Manual standard and the option to use a 6-Speed AvanTec transmission.

Because it is a coupe, the lack of folding mechanics for a convertible allows for the SF C to be considerably lighter that its roadster counterpart, weighing in at 898 kg compared to the original 1033 kg. While it is no longer a roadster for one to feel the wind freely with, it still retains its “small fun” quality.

the 2018 SF will also mark the appearance of the Sport Plus trim for both models. This trim replaces the bucket seats with that of BRIDE ones, and installs a couple of official ZMD goodies, such as a short throw shifter, STB, and exhaust system.


Don’t tell me that there are rear ones :smile:


That is a Magnificent Masterpiece! Nicely done 🖒

Taiko Duty Truck, 1957-1965

Taiko was created in 1957, serving as Zenshi’s (at the time NSJK) utility division, creating trucks, buses, and other various utility vehicles.

Taiko Logo

Taiko’s logo as of 2010.

Within the same year, NSJK then developed their first Taiko, the Duty Truck.

The Taiko Duty Truck was your standard-affair two-door, three-seater pickup with a separate rear well body, which allowed for a varying degree of modularity for NSJK to develop on, such as creating a van, or an ambulance.

The Duty Truck was a rather simple utility vehicle, while containing a variety of uses, still remained to be considerably easy for many people to use during the time. The format used to build the pickup wasn’t a rare sight either, which allowed for less complex maintenance and development for both NSJK and other companies that used the Duty Truck as a corporate vehicle.

The first variant of the Duty Truck series, shown here is simply known as the “Taiko 1400.” The 1400 denotes that the truck is capable of utilizing almost 1400 kg as cargo (1380 kg to be exact). Later models eventually progressed from 1400 to 1450, to eventually 1500.

Under the hood contained an engine that NSJK described as a “light duty engine.” It was a cast iron 2V 1.4L Inline 4 that pushed out an adequate 55 HP and 77 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options were mostly limited to a 4-Speed manual, although 2-Speed Auto versions were available as well, today they are a considerably rare sight.

With how cheap and reliable it was, the Duty Truck was a solid choice for people who needed to haul things on the go and with no hassle, and showed the people of Japan that NSJK, under the Taiko subdivision, that they were fully capable of developing a formidable utility vehicle for the public and businesses to put into good use.

Eventually, the Duty Truck ended production in 1965, replaced by the Zenshi Taiko TDF.


Review: 2019 Zenshi GT 4.8 S

“It might not be wearing a Tom Ford suit, but it’s wearing a suit nontheless”


Flow with the wind. The 2019 GT, also available in convertible form.


Zenshi reveals new infotainment system to be utilized in upcoming models

Zenshi and Fujitsu Ten co-developed an infotainment system that will be used in upcoming Zenshi models, first applied on the 2019 Altrea.

JDM variant (top) and USDMvariant (bottom). Main differences being the swapped VOL and TUNE dials, as well as the inclusion of an HD Radio logo on the upper right.

The infotainment system was designed to be accessible for both touchscreen users and button users alike.

Boot Screen

Disclaimer. Please focus on the road, fellow drivers.

The menu screen. The menu can be configured to choose what apps and shortcuts you want to easily access.

The audio screen showcasing the AM/FM function. For touchscreen controls, tapping the “+” located in between the tuning buttons opens up the fine-tuning control, shown in the second image.

Ditto, showing the bluetooth function.

Navigation system

A sample of the theme settings on the infotainment unit, such as outer dial colours, wallpaper, screen colour, sound effects, etc.

Expect the new infotainment unit to make an English appearance in the upcoming auto show.


If I am not mistaken this is the first time I have seen someone show off their latest infotainment suite on these forums. And not only does it look ace, it should work very well in practice.


Zenshi to replace 3.0L Turbocharged I6 for larger naturally-aspirated 3.4L I6 for 2019 Altrea, future models possible

Zenshi has decided to drop the option for the 3.0L Turbocharged I6 they have used on the Altrea since 2013 in favour for their newly-developed addition to the LZ series, the LZ8. Compared to the LZ7’s large 3.7L displacement, the LZ8 is slightly smaller, at 3.4L, and as mentioned before, is set up with a naturally aspirated getup. Power ratings are reported to be around 320 HP, and can accept lower grade gasoline for other markets at the cost of less power.

The new technology invested on the engine has led to a super responsive and considerably efficient engine, and for people out there eager to see how it performs, will see it as the high-grade engine option for the 2019 Altrea coming out soon. As for future Zenshi models, it has been yet to be confirmed.


Finally, a company that still does naturally-aspirated engines.

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The dials are physical, or on-screen?

BTW. I want to test the Nakamichi sound system!

Yes. Is the only one.

It’s nice to see another major manufacturer reverting to normal aspiration after some time dabbling with turbos.

It’s a wonderful life.

Zenshi Museum entry coming soon!


Raizan X1 Successor in the Works, spotted in the Automation Test Track, Rumoured to be the Production Version of the X2 Concept

All 250 Raizan X1s have been sold as of this past month, and reports have already been laid out that another Zenshi supercar is in the works, already being tested in the the Automation Test Track over at New Zealand.

Proof of the supercar being a Zenshi is the spotting of some other performance cars made by them, such as the Nimessa Newman R, Grandea GT-R, and the GT Z 500R, as well as trucks being loaded with ZMD equipment over at the pit lanes.

Despite the X2 Concept that was shown on a livestream a few months back being loaded with the outgoing X1’s 4.0L twin turbo V12 engine, the sound the car was making in the leaked video seemed to be that of a completely different engine, sounding deeper and more brutish overall.


Official details of the Seiryu’s S trim on the official car brochure has been leaked and translated.


Where will you go today?

GTS-34 Type M Touring shown in SuperSonicSilver II.


Zenshi’s Tessitura and Taigi line of subcompact cars will cease production in 2019, will be replaced with a new subcompact car by next year

Zenshi’s long-running Tessitura and Taigi models, which were in production since 1984, will reach the end of it’s production legacy by the final quarter of 2019.

An up-and-coming subcompact model, which is aimed to replace both models by next year, will be made as homage to Zenshi’s very first model, the ZM1.