Mitsuoka Motors is celebrating their 55th anniversary with the M55 Concept car. The car takes its exterior design cues from classic (and neoclassical0 Dodge Challengers. However, underneath that muscular exterior is an eleventh-generation Honda Civic.
Mitsuoka is no stranger to this approach of building cars. The company currently offers a model called ‘Rock Star’ which clearly takes design cues from a C2 Corvette. For the M55 Concept the folks at Mitsuoka once again looked to classic American car design.
The company was founded in 1968 and with their latest concept car they decided revive the energy of American design from that general era. When viewed head on the M55 Concept simply looks like a more modern 1970 Dodge Challenger. However, when viewed from the side, the profile of the current-generation Honda Civic is unmistakable. The rear of the car carries more Challenger design cues, specifically the new taillights. The rear window is covered with louvers like you would find on a 1969 Mustang Mach 1.
While the design is all muscle, the running gear is all Honda Civic. There is no fire breathing V-8 engine under the hood. Details are scarce but expect to find the same 180-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine from the Civic powering the M55 Concept. That power will be sent to the front wheels. But there is some good news. The concept car is equipped with a manual transmission. Step inside the M55 Concept and aside from some retro-looking blue seats and a Mitsuoka badge tacked on the steering wheel it is a Honda Civic in there.
Currently there are no plans for a production version of this car. But you can get a closer look at it. The Mitsuoka Azabu Showroom in Tokyo will have it on display from November 24 to December 16. And the Mitsuoka Toyama Showroom in Toyama City will show it from January 12, 2024, to January 28, 2024.
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