ND Mazda MX-5 restyled to resemble the C2 Chevrolet Corvette
The Mitsuoka Rock Star has been revealed in Japan, and it's a remarkably good recreation of the second-generation Chevrolet Corvette based on the current Mazda MX-5.
It's certainly easier to love than some of Mitsuoka's other creations, like the Orochi mid-engine sports car, and various Jaguar-inspired models based on the Nissan Micra.
Built to celebrate the company's 50th birthday, the Rock Star has a completely unique body, with the exception of the doors and windscreen.
Despite the doors, which are clearly carried over, Mitsuoka has very faithfully recreated the sharp creases and curves of the 1963-67 Corvette, as well as its heat extraction gills, and silver side skirts.
In addition to being smaller than the Corvette it's inspired by, the Rock Star misses out on pop-up headlights. Instead it features small round lights perched above its protruding chromed bumpers.
Given the difficulty in overhauling a modern car's interior, Mitsuoka has only made a few small changes to the MX-5's cabin, including new badges, and retrimmed seats.
The Rock Star is available in two trims, with the top-spec model available with a six-speed automatic. Prices start from ¥4,688,200 ($57,300), which sounds like a bargain until you realise a base MX-5 costs ¥2,554,200 ($31,200) in its home land.
Options include leather seats and trim, retro 15-inch chrome alloy wheels, vintage-style 195/60 BF Goodrich tyres, body colour interior trim, and alternate shades for the wing mirror caps and windscreen frame.
At least six standard paint colours are available, all named after US cities or states: Los Angeles blue, Chicago red, New York black, Cisco orange, Washington white, and Arizona yellow.
Under the skin, it's all MX-5, with the Rock Star fitted with a 97kW/152Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. If you want a big Chevy V8 under the bonnet, there are a handful of companies who are more than willing to help.
The initial production run for the Rock Star is limited to 50 vehicles.
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