We like quirky cars here at BOTB, and they don’t come any quirkier than the offerings from Japanese ‘Luxury Vehicle Manufacturer’ Mitsuoka. Their most well-known models are the Viewt; a Jaguar Mk2-esque car based on the Nissan Micra, and the Orochi; one of the most audaciously styled cars ever made. They’ve previously only been available as a personal import from Japan, but now there’s a UK importer and you can officially buy a Mitsuoka in the UK.
The model they are selling is simply known as the Mitsuoka Roadster (named the Himiko in Japan), a 2-seater soft or hard top convertible with old-school looks and modern mechanicals. Under the long bonnet sits a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder 158 bhp engine, driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic.
Car geeks might spot the Mini headlights first, but then look at the roof and middle of the car and you realise the underpinnings – the Roadster is based on the outgoing generation Mazda MX-5 and uses a large portion of the car just with some significant changes to the frontal structure. Hence the choice of soft or hard tops and the engine specs.
Styling-wise the Roadster takes a classic retro style, still used by Morgan and seen on many cars around the 1940’s/1950’s – including the bold chrome grille, round or oval headlights and large front wings that flow down to the rear of the car. The long bonnet certainly has presence, while the rear boasts a sloped rear end and four round lights in pods again much like those seen on classic Jaguars. The interior is pure MX-5 though, with a few upgrades in trim quality available.
It may be an odd car, but we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Roadster. We’ll let you know when we do. Source: botb