There's a long history in automotive design of stunning concepts piquing the interest of the public. Often times, these concepts never make it to production. Sometimes these concept vehicles generate such buzz among buyers that the boardroom begins to salivate and decides they should be moved to production. But rarely, do concepts completely embody the concepts full vision. Cost of production, safety features, demographics, capital costs: they all weigh in and can dilute a concept.
Introduced in 2012 at the Tokyo Auto Show, ZecOO's manga-inspired, futuristic aesthetic had potential buyers clamoring. By Kota Nezu of Znug Design, the motorcycle was like nothing most had seen in the real world. This was the stuff of Japanese animation and comics. Low slung, exaggerated sloping windshield, and single sided front and rear suspension arms all looked cool, but would they make it to the real world?
Well, it looks like the Japanese manufacturer is moving closer to production, and rest assured, the production version looks almost identical to the concept.
Limiting production to just 49 units, the Japanese manufacturer promises to hand build the machines to ensure the highest level of quality control. Because they will be individually designed to customer specification, each ZecOO will be a one-of-a-kind. It's the kind of design and manufacturing philosophy reserved for the highest end exotic vehicles.
See more photos and specifications for the ZecOO Electric Motorcycle in the Electric Car Insider 2015 Electric Motorcycle Buyer's Guide. The guide is available at Barnes & Noble and 100s of independent newsstands across the U.S. and Canada.