Mitsuoka Rock Star is an MX-5 dressed as a classic Corvette

This quirky Japanese sports car lets you have your Corvette cake and eat it. The Mitsuoka Rock Star is based on an MX-5 but looks like a Stingray

Whether you call it an MX-5, Miata, or Eunos Roadster, it’s universally agreed that Mazda’s iconic sports car is a fantastic thing to drive. Its combination of being light and rear-wheel drive makes for an agile package, one that’s also pleasingly affordable. But have you ever thought about how the latest ND generation MX-5 would look better as a Corvette? Nope, we hadn’t either, but the Mitsuoka Rock Star is here to kill curiosity.

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Mitsuoka is well known for its quirky custom cars, but this new model forgets about its Japanese origins and takes inspiration from the 1960s Chevrolet Corvette C2. This could have gone horribly wrong, but we actually quite like the miniature muscle car styling that incorporates rounded headlights, chromed bumpers, and bonnet grilles. Every body panel, apart from the doors, has been custom made to create a look befitting of the Mitsuoka Rock Star’s name.

Inside things are more familiar with the cabin architecture remaining the same as the MX-5 base car. There are some new materials in play, but generally speaking the interior is untouched — no bad thing.

Under that elongated hood is a 132hp naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine from the Japanese and European specification MX-5. Performance figures haven’t been announced but we’d expect the Rock Star to clock-in at around the same as the standard MX-5. That means a 0-62mph time of 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 123mph.

Just 50 Mitsuoka Rock stars will be built with 30 different colours to choose from. How much for this Japanese Corvette? 4,688,200 Yen, or nearly $42,000 (£32,000). That’s pretty steep when you consider that a new 2019 Corvette Stingray is $55,495 (£42,1000). That said, a real Corvette won’t achieve over 47mpg or be as easy to park in a tight space.

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