This Japanese company is building Miata-based mini-Corvette clones

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The Japanese company famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) for making smaller versions of luxury and sports cars out of Kei cars is back with a new creation, an MX-5 ND that looks like a 1963 through 1967 C2 Chevrolet Corvette.

Mitsuoka calls it the “Rock Star,” and it marks the brand’s first time tackling an American design homage. We have to say, it actually looks kinda cool.

There are only going to be 50 Rock Stars made, and that’s to fall in line with the company’s 50th anniversary – yes, Mitsuoka has been around since 1968 – and join a lineup of two other cars released this year, the Himiko, which is a Jaguar Roadster-lookin’ thing; and a version of the Orochi that appears to be a collaboration with an anime called Devilman.

You can have your Rock Star in six all-American flavours: Los Angeles Blue, Chicago Red, New York Black, (San Fran)Cisco Orange, Washington White, and Arizona Yellow. Other than the body and the paint, it’s pretty much a stock ND Miata, and shares all the same specs including the naturally aspirated four-cylinder and the six-speed manual transmission.

The Mazda MX-5-based Mitsuoka Rock Star Handout / Mitsuoka

For 4,688,200 yen, or about $54,000 Canadian, the Rock Star actually comes frighteningly close to the cost of a real Corvette, so we’re not sure if it’s worth it. But if your mantra is “dare to be different” and goals are making people say “what the f***” then this might be the car for you.

Keep us posted if you get one and opt for a Flyin’ Miata V8 swap.

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