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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/19/21 11:48 a.m.
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Ever look at an ND-chassis Miata and think to yourself, “I really wish that looked more like an old-school Corvette?” Well, small Japanese car maker Mitsuoka has you covered.

First, the name—which we promise we aren’t making up: Rock Star.

Available in two trim…

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/21 12:05 p.m.

You know, toss on some side pipes and I'm a customer. 

j_tso
j_tso Reader
3/19/21 12:22 p.m.

I dig it.

It's the Corvetty's grandkid. There's an RX-7 under there.

 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
3/19/21 12:25 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I agree, Side pipes and im sold. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/21 12:42 p.m.
ChrisTropea said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I agree, Side pipes and im sold. 

And don't give me any of this "it's powered by an inline four so pipes on both sides would be wrong."

Dude, I'm checking off the box for side pipes.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/19/21 12:53 p.m.

Ever since these broke cover, I've been praying someone would send us one for an LS conversion. C'mon people!

gearheadmb
gearheadmb SuperDork
3/19/21 1:09 p.m.

I hate it.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
3/19/21 1:42 p.m.

Berkeley yes. I've wanted one bad since they announced them years ago. But once again, the US doesn't get the fun stuff

philacarguy
philacarguy New Reader
3/19/21 2:10 p.m.

starting price $41,700 equiv, and sold out of all 50 made.  Yeesh.  The real deal is not too far from this cost, especially after you throw in a few options.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/19/21 2:25 p.m.
philacarguy said:

starting price $41,700 equiv, and sold out of all 50 made.  Yeesh.  The real deal is not too far from this cost, especially after you throw in a few options.

You don't buy one of these as a cheap way to get something that looks like a Corvette.

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/19/21 2:29 p.m.
RichardSIA said:

LHD version available? Importable to US?

Kit version? Price less than the 'Vette it resembles?

Not really a copy and certain the tooling cost them a bundle since it includes new bumpers and trim.

With GM announcing they are going full retard, er um, Electric, this may become the only option for a real "Corvette" soon. devil

Buddy, don't use that word.  Period.  You can have your opinion, but that word shouldn't be used.

We can all point and laugh at the rest of your backwards opinion(s) around cars, but honestly when was the last time you bought a new car?

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
3/19/21 2:35 p.m.

I have to say that is one of the most successful 'retroification' I've seen on any car.  Better than a lot of the Japanese body kits and light years better than those awful retro C3 kits you see on C5 Corvettes.

ultraclyde (Forum Supporter)
ultraclyde (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
3/19/21 2:49 p.m.

Better than most but the stack height below the body crease looks too tall. Like the area from the point of the nose down is too thick. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/19/21 2:57 p.m.

I happened to take this picture back in the early ND days - looks like Sept 2015.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
3/19/21 3:11 p.m.

Most of those Miata conversions have wonky proportions.  This is not one of them. 

 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
3/19/21 3:18 p.m.

Liking the Vet looking cars. But the Morgan. Oh my!!!!!  Yes please!!!  

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
3/19/21 3:35 p.m.

Not for me, thanks anyway.

That RAV4 / Blazer looks like the Canyonero from The Simpsons.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
3/19/21 3:40 p.m.

I'd rock it, if only to wind up the Vette and Miata folks at our local cars and coffee. Better yet, someone needs a faux-911 kit on a Miata chassis to really get tongues wagging.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/19/21 3:56 p.m.

You've gotta get the right angle for the photos, but is this good enough?

There's the M1stang, too. Which is a great little caricature.

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Or Cobra?

And you can't use a fake TVR to troll American gearheads, but I kinda want one.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/21 4:10 p.m.

Miata-based Toyota 2000GT?

 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
3/19/21 4:18 p.m.

Weirdly, an NB-based 2000 GT would be both more powerful and lighter than the original.

Just came across this. Put a rotary in and you'd really confuse people.

CatDaddy
CatDaddy New Reader
3/19/21 4:47 p.m.

Heck yeah! I like all of them a lot. 

CrustyRedXpress
CrustyRedXpress Reader
3/19/21 4:58 p.m.

It's the ying to the Habu's yang. 

One looks like a vette but goes like a miata. The other looks like a miata but goes like a vette.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/21 6:05 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

I've seen that one before, too, and it's pretty perfect. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/21 6:09 p.m.
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