Has anyone mentioned the (MX5) RockStar yet?
My days of CarThrottling are limited as of late, so forgive me if I have committed the crime of reposting.
Imagine you are in the market for a brand new car, but don’t like the semi-futuristic styling of what’s currently for sale. You prefer cars of old, but you still want the convenience, safety and amenities of a new car. That is where Mitsuoka steps in; since 1985 Mitsuoka has taken current vehicles and restyled them in a classic design.
Their most well-known vehicles are the Mitsuoka Orochi (thanks to TopGear) and the Mitsuoka Le Seyde (probably thanks to TopGear again). Popular models since then have been the View-T, Nouera/Ryugi and Galue, the latter of which actually looks cool and is based on the Nissan Fuga.
Mitsuoka is one of Japan’s biggest selling brands, only available in its homeland - and for good reason.
Despite the nay-saying of Jaguar-esque designs which weren’t carried through the entire vehicle, Mitsuoka recently announced an interesting vehicle, verging on plagiarism - and I love it!
The Mitsuoka RockStar is a car for those who want a Chevrolet Corvette C3, but who also want the handling and agility of a Eunos Roadster.
That’s right, the RockStar is based on the Mazda MX5/Miata!
Inside, very little has changed. The Mitsuoka has the exact same interior as the MX5, however there are body-coloured accents inside where on the NZ-spec MX5 there are gloss black and fake-metallic accents. For those of you with a keen eye, the RockStar in the photo is an automatic, however you can still choose a manual transmission if you were to buy one brand new.
The seats appear to be sportier than those found in the MX5 Limited, however those are an optional extra in the RockStar. Looking through the option list, there is a 9-speaker Bose Sound System available, Traffic Sign Assist, Driver Alert Warning, as well as the classic-style wheels in the photos - which makes me wonder what wheels the car will come on in base-trim.
The entire body of the MX5 has been altered to reproduce the design of the Corvette, however with a few alterations - the exhaust exits at the rear, the tail lamps pop out of the tail, and the bonnet bulge is thinner like that of the Nissan Cefiro.
Also the pop-up headlights are gone in favour of two spotlights under the nose, while the bumper has been relocated to below the nose.
The Mitsuoka RockStar is a beautiful car, even if it is copied from an American car of the 1960’s - but hey, Chevrolet isn’t recreating their own classic.
If you wanted to purchase one you would either have to visit Japan, or (lucky you!) Britain - where they are distributed by TW White & Sons.
As for me, I will have to wait until used RockStars start getting imported from Japan 2-3 years after their initial launch.