Mitsuoka Rock Star is a Mazda MX-5 posing as a corvette

The Mazda MX-5 is without doubt one of the hottest two-seater roadster available on the market, however its design doesn’t please everybody. Whereas followers can nonetheless go for the Fiat 124 Spider, Mitsuoka affords an fascinating different within the type of the Rock Star.

Inspirational to the second-generation Chevrolet Corvette, the Rock Star hardly resembles its automobile. This is because of an virtually model new physique that mimics the traces of the basic Corvette.

Within the early days, the automotive was outfitted with a brand new entrance fascia with chrome bumpers and spherical headlights. As we transfer away, we are able to see a ventilated hood, new quarter panels and a retro-inspired rear finish with round taillights. Mirror doorways and caps are the one elements that come from the Mazda.

The identical cannot be stated of the inside, it's a bell for the MX-5. Nevertheless, Mitsuoka affords a handful of customization choices, together with a painted door trim, particular leather-based seats and an prolonged leather-based set.

Whereas the Rock Star has a Corvette-inspired fashion, drivers mustn’t anticipate Corvette-like efficiency because the mannequin encompasses a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine which produces 130 hp (152 Nm) of torque. It may be related to a six-speed handbook transmission or an non-compulsory six-speed automated transmission.

To place these numbers in perspective, the second-generation Corvette was launched with a 5.Three-liter V8 engine producing between 250 hp (186 kW / 253 hp) and 360 hp (268 kW / 365 hp). Later variations of the C2 have been provided with extra highly effective engines, together with a 7.Zero-liter V8 producing 435 hp (324 kW / 441 hp).

Japanese costs begin at ¥ four,688,200 ($ 41,698 / £ 31,623 / € 36,202) and rise to ¥ 5,183,600 ($ 46,104 / £ 34,964 / € 40,028) earlier than choices.

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