It’s been awhile given we final listened about Mitsuoka, a tiny automotive association from Japan famous for building uncanny (to contend a least) cars with radical styling. Yes, approbation – that manufacturer that constructed a mid-engine Orochi (kind of) supercar. The automaker is now behind again with a new, this time distant some-more attractive, offering.
Just like a prior project, a Himiko, a Rock Star is formed on a latest era Mazda MX-5 Miata. This time around, Mitsuoka is regulating a Japanese roadster to build a smaller, modern-day reproduction of a Chevrolet Corvette C2 and, brave we say, they’ve nailed it.
It turns out that a proportions of a Miata are a flattering good bottom for a shrunken Corvette Stingray. It’s engaging that Mitsuoka is anticipating impulse from an American indication for a first, because, usually, a cars impersonate British and other European vehicles from a past.
The Rock Star is done to applaud Mitsuoka’s 50th anniversary and a automaker skeleton to furnish no some-more than 50 examples, during slightest initially. It will be accessible in 6 colors, Los Angeles Blue, Chicago Red, New York Black, Cisco Orange, Washington White, and Arizona Yellow.
In terms of design, not most is left from a strange car. As Jalopnik points out, it looks like usually a doors and windshield sojourn unvaried from a strange roadster, and all other physique components are custom.
Under a hood, all seems batch – a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine is promulgation energy to a back wheels by possibly a six-speed primer or an automatic. An LS V8 barter could move a suggestion of a Corvette C2 even serve though…
In Japan, a Rock Star will have a starting cost of 4,688,200 yen, that equates to approximately $41,000 during a stream sell rates. For a comparison, a bottom Miata starts during $26,625 in a United States.