Released the Mitsuoka Rock Star. Japanese coach builder Mitsuoka has launched a new project build called the Rock Star. The Corvette Stingray-bodied Rock Star is a Mazda MX-5 underneath a classic Americanized body. The nod towards one of the most iconic pieces of American car history is a fresh approach from a coach-building company best known for building what is arguably the world’s ugliest sports car. Compared to the positively ghastly Orochi sports car, the Rock Star is, well, a rock star that should have no problem establishing fans and groupies alike.
The small round headlights are the only things that look out-of-place in the car. It’s a small detail, but the Rock Star would’ve been better off with sharper-looking lights. Even better, it could’ve adopted the automated headlights of the Corvette C2. That would’ve given this creation a different level of authenticity. It’s still not the Corvette C2, but it’d be pretty darn close to one. The Rock Star is offered with a number of color choices, of which there are six options to choose from, including Los Angeles Blue, Chicago Red, New York Black, Cisco Orange, Washington White, and Arizona Yellow.
Also, Mitsuoka didn’t scratch the itch of recreating the interior of the Corvette C2 on the Rock Star. It’d probably be a good idea from the standpoint of consistency, but it would come at the cost of getting rid of the MX-5’s modern tech features. In fact, that’s probably what Mitsuoka was thinking when it started this project.