You will meet Mitsuoka. Somewhere between the construction of the world's ugliest sports car and the transformation of the third-generation Mazda MX-5 into a kind of art deco Crudelia DeVil cartoon, the new Japanese coachbuilders have become one of our favorite corners of culture Japanese car. You never know what they will do next.
Turns out, this is what Mitsuoka does afterwards. Welcome to the magnificent Mitsuoka Rock Star. It turns out you can have a nickelback association and still be a little cool.
Rock Star is based on the current & # 39; ND & # 39; -gen Mazda MX-5 Miata. A car that at Top Gear really likes, even in the basic 1
Yes, the Rock Star was designed to surprise the classic Corvette C2, one of the most enduring pieces of Murican car style ever. By making miniature versions of his face and back with chrome festoons, bulb-shaped front wings and even a knotty ventilated cap, Mitsuoka has created a fairly faithful Corvette art work. Only the doors and the windshield seem to have survived from the donor's car.
Oh, and the whole interior. Save for a Mitsuoka badge where the Mazda logo once lived, the Rock Star is completely MX-5 inside. We had hoped for a more conspicuous, burnished chrome-plated leather and a Bakelite steering wheel, but surely the aftermarket is able to provide such accessories.
Below, this mini-muscle car does not rely on the 182-hp 2.0-liter MX-5, but its smaller 1.5-liter brother, offering only 130bhp. The images show an automatic transmission worrying. Sacrilege: the manual is world class. The six-speed stick-shift is standard, and keeps the price up to around £ 31k, before options.
This is a cheaper piece of the Mitsuoka Roadster, which has asked for a £ 54,000 barmy for its baroque looks. Never a Rock Star was more of a deal. Where do we sign?