Here’s an interesting new entrant into our sports car market. Mitsuoka Motor’s “classic” Mitsuoka Roadster will be making its European debut as it launches in the UK under the exclusive distribution of T W White & Sons and will be on display in a number of their showrooms located across Surrey, South London and Kent.
The car is based on the Mazda MX-5 and has been developed by pushing the boundaries of conventional design. The Mitsuoka Roadster presents an image as a true modern day classic sports car. Featuring a British sporting design of elegant flowing lines, the Roadster combines timeless styling with advanced levels of modern technology, safety and comfort. The 2.0L Coupe is available with either a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox or a 6 speed automatic Powershift gearbox – which can be driven effortlessly in the auto mode selection or by using the easy paddle shift controls.
Rear wheel drive (hurrah!) with an admirable high power to weight ratio, the Roadster is fully equipped with the latest technology, advanced safety features and modern conveniences. It sports the World’s fastest power-retractable hard top – opening and closing in 12 seconds with just the flick of a switch.Luxury heated leather seats are standard – as is automatic climate control air conditioning. The car has four wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control System (TCS) as standard, as are the front and side airbags and the Supplementary Restraint System (SRS).
Jen White, Mitsuoka Project Manager for T W White & Sons said, “The UK represents one of the largest classic car markets in the World. The unique design of the Mitsuoka Roadster draws inspiration from the classic Roadster heritage and combines this traditional styling with the latest state of the art technology.”
Founded in 1968 by Susumu Mitsuoka, Mitsuoka Motor Company are a unique Japanese Automobile manufacturer who until recently have been largely unknown outside of Japan. Mitsuoka Motor produce small volumes of hand built luxury vehicles in their Japanese factory by skilled craftsmen. It is a company of craftsmanship, luxury and elegance, where timeless classic cars are created with soul and passion.
“We share in the philosophy and passion of Susumu Mitsuoka and genuinely believe that the Mitsuoka Roadster can make a real impression on those that want exclusive luxury – albeit at a very competitive price,” White said.
The Mitsuoka Roadster is available with Power Retractable Hard Top – with manual or automatic transmission at the standard price of £53,800 on the road. Metallic or Pearlescent paint is an additional £620. All prices are inclusive of VAT.Geoff Maxted