Mazda is at present embarking on an electrification journey and SUV rollout, whereas nonetheless preserving the door open for different fuels. Might a brand new sports activities automobile even be on the horizon?
Whereas Mazda sells the MX-5 as its bread and butter sports activities automobile, a rumoured rotary halo automobile has been on- and off-again for a while.
Don’t write Mazda off simply but. The model might lastly be breaking floor on a brand new sports activities automobile to affix the MX-5 in its line-up.
Talking to media on the CX-60 reveal in Portugal, Mazda Europe director of design Jo Stenuit was eager on the concept of one other sports activities automobile to sit down alongside the MX-5.
“It could be cool, no? Certain, yeah, everyone would need one,” Mr Stenuit mentioned.
When requested what it will appear like and whether or not it (or the MX-5) could be an electrified car, Mr Stenuit unsurprisingly mentioned any electrical Mazda sports activities automobile would have to be a murals.
“It could be lovely, however most significantly it will drive very well. I’d think about it will drive higher than the present MX-5. I can simply think about myself driving via the woods with an electrical [sports car] and it will be good.”
This follows on from Mazda registering the ‘R’ model trademark, suggesting it’s engaged on a sporty sub-brand.
The R identify could be a departure from the norm for Mazda, which has beforehand used MPS, RX, and MazdaSpeed badging for its efficiency vehicles.
It did, nevertheless, not too long ago use the R360 coupe in a variety of photographs to have a good time its one hundredth Anniversary. Is Mazda getting ready an homage?
We’ve been teased, teased, and teased once more in regards to the potential for a return to rotary efficiency vehicles by Mazda, most not too long ago with the RX-Imaginative and prescient and its GT3 spinoff, the latter of which is a Gran Turismo particular.
We additionally know Mazda is getting ready a variety of vehicles constructed on a rear-wheel drive structure, with energy from electrified inline-six engines, so it might additionally develop into a efficiency sub-brand consistent with BMW M, Mercedes-AMG, and Audi RS.
Mazda has slotted the turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine from the CX-9 and CX-5 into the smaller 3 sedan and hatchback, however these vehicles (which stay off the desk for Australia) don’t have a particular efficiency badge.
The final efficiency Mazda to make it Down Below was the three MPS, which was bought till 2013 as a rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Both means, we’re excited in regards to the potential for a brand new Mazda sports activities automobile, whether or not it’s electrical or rotary.