Mitsuoka Rock Star Is A Mazda MX-5 Pretending To Be A Corvette

The Mazda MX-5 is one of the most popular two-seat roadsters on the market, but its design doesn’t appeal to everyone. While fans cans always opt for the Fiat 124 Spider, Mitsuoka has an interesting alternative in the form of the Rock Star.

Drawing inspiration from the second-generation Chevrolet Corvette, the Rock Star bears little resemblance to its donor vehicle. This is due a virtually all-new body which mimics the lines of the classic Corvette.

Starting up front, the car has been equipped with a new front fascia which features chrome bumpers and circular headlights. Moving further back, we can see a ventilated hood, new quarter panels and a retro-inspired rear end with circular taillights. About the only components that carryover from the Mazda are the doors and mirror caps.

The same can’t be said about the interior as it’s a dead-ringer for the MX-5. However, Mitsuoka offers a handful of customization options including painted upper door trim, special leather seats and an extended leather package.

While the Rock Star has Corvette-inspired styling, drivers shouldn’t expect Corvette-like performance as the model has a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine that produces 130 hp (97 kW / 132 PS) and 112 lb-ft (152 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic.

To put those numbers into perspective, the second-generation Corvette was launched with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produced between 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS). Later versions of the C2 were offered with more powerful engines including a 7.0-liter V8 developing a reported 435 hp (324 kW / 441 PS).

Japanese pricing starts at ¥4,688,200 ($41,698 / £31,623 / €36,202) and tops out at ¥5,183,600 ($46,104 / £34,964 / €40,028) before options.

H/T to Jalopnik


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  • Mr. Crankypants

    Very, very COOL!

  • Those headlights thingies are a bit weird, but everything else is pure poetry. Hats off!

    • Krisnadi Imam

      just add a linear DRL module next to the rounded lamp would solve it tho.

  • pcurve

    $42k? that’s a bargain .

  • wow6

    I want the body so I can drop on my ND which has a crate LS and the supporting parts – LOVE the styling!

  • Six_Tymes

    is it April 1st already?

  • Wow nice Mitsuoka.

  • Big Black Duck

    WOW… love it…me want one now…

  • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger


  • Galaxium

    This is seriously cool.

  • Wow I actually think it rather fits the car well, better than Morgan-esque MX-5 based car they offered while ago.

  • john1168

    Awesome! I love it.

  • Infinite1

    It’s beautiful

  • Luc Helterbrand

    well if Fiat can do it I don’t see why these people shouldn’t too.

  • EM1

    chrome bumpers, on a Japanese car, simply awesome.

  • TB

    This is pretty damn sharp…I’d consider it!

  • Rick Alexander

    I wonder if they offer left hand drive conversions

  • Liam Paul

    Ok seeing this, I think this is where GM Chevy should take the next new generation of the corvette style wise and size or make one to look like the second generation corvette and call it the Stingray.

  • Blanka Li

    Wish this was available in the states . . . although I suspect an IP lawsuit would be immediately filed.

    • Well Mitsuoka cars are more like converted cars, but yeah I think would be expensive to send an MX-5 to Japan and bring it back here.

  • europeon

    What? A Mitsuoka that doesn’t makes you wanna puke when you look at it? What universe is this?

  • alexxx

    This is simply beautiful….B E A U T I F U L….

  • Count me in those thinking this. It would be awesome. The Miata might even be as fast as the original Corvette already.

  • Stephen G

    To sink almost $60K into a Miata V8 conversion is ridiculous. You can have the real thing for that price.

    • Krisnadi Imam

      this is cooler than the real thing XD

  • Tabs Luther

    Why does this look so good? Even the proportions look right. I’m confused!! Give it more power.

  • brn

    I don’t get all the love. I find it fugly.

    • designer_dick

      Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.

  • cbATL

    I would donate my voluminous ball sack to science and/or adult toy manufacturer (while I am alive) to have one of these!

  • SteersUright

    Looks phenomenal in the pics. Wonder how good those panel gaps and paint finish look in person.

  • benT

    great looking car with additional potential

  • liams92

    Would be cool if the agreement between Mazda and FCA would allow Dodge or Chrysler to build an American styled Miata as well as the Fiat 124.

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