By on January 12, 2013

It’s been a lost in translation situation, but from what I could develop here at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the oddly shaped and oddly named 555TES Minute-S is a “three-wheel compact commuter” powered by a Yamaha 250-cc engine coupled to a Toyota Aqua hybrid drive. Here it is in motion:

TTAC predicts similar success as other three-wheelers. Mt compact-commuter is pocket-size. It’s a SUICA card. Works on the subway.

The pink thing behind it is the official “Rice Rocket.” I kid you not. I know you won’t trust me, so here is proof.

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6 Comments on “Tokyo Auto Salon: 555TES Minute-S...”


  • avatar
    22_RE_Speedwagon

    The dually in the back makes it a four wheeler, which will increase sales 10000%.

    • 0 avatar
      Shane Rimmer

      That would prevent it from being sold in most of the US as it would be classified as a car.

      It’s kind of a damned if you do and damned if you don’t thing with these types of things in many states. If it’s a three-wheeler, it is a motorcycle and that often requires a motorcycle endorsement and the use of a helmet. If it has 4 wheels, then it needs to meet all of the emission and safety standards for the same model year car.

    • 0 avatar
      Geekcarlover

      If you’re going to use four wheels go ahead and just reproduce a modernized Messerschmitt TG500. Freaky weird looks that can’t help but be noticed.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Me likey, but I wonder how you get in and out of it. Those side pods look like a pretty good leap.

  • avatar
    tmkreutzer

    This makes at least as much sense as a Can-Am, three wheeler – maybe more.

    They need to dump the 250 and bump it up to the 600 from an R6 or a 1000CC from an R1, change the two back wheels to one of those huge meats they put on choppers these days (to keep it a “motorcycle”) and add a slide back canopy like a fighter so it can be run in the rain.

    That thing looks like it would be a total blast.

  • avatar
    niky

    Nice idea, but better aero and less 80’s syntho-rock would help its case.

    Wonder what it gets on the Japanese 10-15… infinity?

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