Japan's Miata-Meets-Corvette Mitsuoka Rock Star Is Sold Out

Feb 4, 2020 2 min read
Japan's Miata-Meets-Corvette Mitsuoka Rock Star Is Sold Out

All 50 examples built are spoken for.

Japanese company Mitsuoka just released a new car based off the Mazda Miata MX-5 and gave it a body reminiscent of an old-school Corvette Stingray. Only available in Japan, the car is called the Rock Star, and only 50 of them were built. Introduced just four short months ago in mid-October, the two-seater has been sold according to Japanese car website Bestcarweb.jp. If looking to get your hands on a secondhand Rock Star, you'll have to wait 25 years to import one to the United States.

Japan's Mitsuoka Rock Star Blends Miata With Corvette Stingray

This limited car is basically a mashup of the MX-5 Miata and a second-generation Corvette Stingray, and there's no denying the Rock Star's uniqueness. Mitsuoka is the same company that produced the MX-5 based Himiko two-seater that resembled a Morgan as well as the Orochi sports car. While the proportions are a bit off, the Japanese company did pull off the look of a vintage 'Vette.

Stuffed inside the engine bay is a 1.5-liter 4-cyinder engine, the same as the Miata available in Japan, and it has an output of 132-horsepower. Buyers were given the choice between a 6-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission to shift power down to the rear wheels. Open the doors to an interior complete with leather, an infotainment system, and a steering wheel featuring special badging.

Japan's Mitsuoka Rock Star Blends Miata With Corvette Stingray

The exterior of the car does have the door shape of a Miata, but the rest is appears as a scaled down Corvette down to the quad circular taillights and wheel arches. Even more, the car features BFGoodrich rubber that wrap around muscle car-like wheels. Available in 30 colors named after cities and states in the U.S., buyers were given quite the selection of colors to pick from to coat their new Rock Star.

The starting price for a Rock Star is 4,688,200 Japanese Yen which equals out to about $41,700 in U.S. dollars. All 50 are spoken for, and it's likely you won't see one of these in the United States, at least not for a long time.

Source: Road & Track


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