Who's laughing now?
Remember the weird little Mitsuoka Rock Star? Created by a Japanese auto customizing firm to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it caused a bit of a stir when it was revealed to the world in November last year, not least because it combined two iconic cars into one design. Using a current generation Mazda Miata as a base, Mitusoka then designed a body for it that was heavily influenced by the second-generation Corvette Stingray.
While not all Mitsuoka's previous efforts have been met with universal acclaim, this Miata/Corvette mashup turned out rather well, and according to the company, the planned production of 200 cars have all been sold out. This despite a base price that is the equivalent of $42,370, or $16,640 more than the cost of a standard Miata in the States.
Mitsuoka said that it has no plans to produce more cars to meet this unexpected demand, so exclusivity is guaranteed to the lucky few who got in there first. Using Mazda running gear, the Rock Star will not be some hairy performance car in the vein of the Corvette it draws its inspiration from, yet it has a strange sort of appeal that clearly resonates with people.
It will be built in either S or S Special Package versions, the latter having a few more luxurious and the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission. Seeing as only the base 1.5-liter 130-horsepower motor will be made available on both trims, we hope most customers stick with the manual.
The interior is as you would find in any Miata save for the embroidered Mitsuoka logo on the headrests. The cars will be rolled out incrementally, with the first 50 delivered during the course of 2019 and the balance split over the following two years.
The Mitsuoka Rock Star may not be everyone's cup of tea, but clearly there are plenty of people out there who like the idea of a modern car clothed in a classically styled body. If anyone is listening, we would like someone to take a McLaren 720S and design a '60s Ford Mustang body for it next.