Make mine MX-6!
Last night, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai abruptly shut down any notion that his company was currently working on a sports car larger than the existing Miata. This may in fact be the last word on the subject. Surprised? You should not be.
When a series releases a new spec for its cars that’s a significant departure from the past, the offseason is filled with uncertainty. A wealth of data collected from previous years suddenly tells teams much less. That is the situation facing Mazda, Cadillac and other manufacturers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar…
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Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai put the kibosh on any sort of rotary sports car, hybrid-rotary sports car, or basically any sports car larger than the Miata in an interview, so, you know, that sucks.
Hey, remember that diesel Mazda engine you were promised way back when? The one that was delayed and sidetracked and then questioned entirely when a certain German automaker decided to ruin oil-burners for everyone? Well, we’re finally getting it. Soon. Mazda swears, this time.
Mazda just knocked everyone at the LA Auto Show flat on their asses with the company’s gorgeous new RT24-P IMSA race car. You may never want to miss another race, because you don’t want to miss catching a glimpse of this stunning machine.
The Mazda CX-5 has always been a handsome crossover that was pretty awesome for coming with a manual option. It’s new for 2017, and now it looks like a baby CX-9. That’s a very good thing. You should probably buy one if you’re in the market for a good crossover.
We’ve all been convinced that some RX-8 hasn’t had any problems like those other RX-8s. Definitely not. That one RX-8 is fine. It’s great. But it doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, because now almost every Mazda RX-8 is being recalled for a potential fuel leak.
Mazda’s bringing two new concepts to SEMA, both variations and evolutions of cars we’ve seen before. First is a version of the retractable hardtop MX-5 RF, painted in a special matte gray. Even more exciting, though, is an even lighter version of last year’s MX-5 Speedster. This one weighs in under 2000 lbs.
Even with the aggressive new look of the Mazda Miata, it’s undeniably fantastic and undeniably lovable (well, maybe not for all of us). Here, the car rests on a calm shore just outside of the city, reminding everyone how wonderful life can be. What more could you want?
The No. 55 Mazda Prototype conked out not once, but twice in front of the marshal bears decorating the fence at Petit Le Mans. Look, guys. Once is a goof, twice is a pattern. Bears are hungry. At Road Atlanta, they’re hungry for cars. Please remember not to feed the bears.
Pushing the limits of what’s possible is exactly the point of modifying your car. However, at some point, the law of diminishing returns comes into play, which kicked in for this determined Miata owner the second he realized that his home-made hella-stance kit was a little too much for his rented U-Haul trailer to…
Here’s a perplexing recipe: take what may be the best all-around pure sports car of the modern era. Add seemingly arbitrary touches, like a thicker steering wheel and new door handles. Give it a turbo engine, but don’t give it that much extra power. Make the suspension a whole lot softer. And make it Italian, but…
This is how the No. 55 Mazda Prototype’s race went at Circuit of the Americas, as written by Craigslist.
Yet another vehicle that is supposed to carry a Mazda Prototype encountered big trouble this weekend. The same team whose car was too low to tow yesterday had their hauler’s ramp crushed by one of Circuit of the Americas’ parking shuttles.
The poor No. 55 Mazda Prototype had a master cylinder issue that left it stranded on Circuit of the Americas’ pit straight. Normally, this would be a quick retrieval given that everyone’s right there staring at the car, but it triggered a 28 minute red flag as the car was too low to get it off the track. CamberGang…