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We all watched as Mazda rolled out the sexy Mazda Takeri concept car in New York. At that same time we learned that the 2014 Mazda6, which we will see at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, will be “strongly influenced” by the Takeri concept and we became rather excited by its potential. With those “look at me” body lines we assumed that there would be some hot V-6 option for this new stylish body. Unfortunately, Mazda went in a completely different direction, according to Mazda spokesperson Jeremy Barnes, via Automotive News.

Barnes made it quite clear that there are no plans to place a V-6 option or any other performance engine option under the 2014 Mazda6’s new hood. Actually, Mazda is even axing the somewhat impressive 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The likely replacement for both engines is the Skyactiv 2.0-liter four-banger that cranks out a respectable-for-its-size 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. However, if you have to add “for its size” in front of something, that’s typically not a good thing.

The goal of this freshly revised Mazda6 is obviously fuel economy, which we can respect Mazda for doing. In all honesty though, they could produce a turbo-charged four-cylinder or even borrow an EcoBoost engine from Ford , who still owns a small share of Mazda. A possible performance engine would be the 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine slated for the upcoming Focus ST .

Having said all of that, Mazda did not completely rule out a future optional Skyactiv V-6 option for the Mazda6, but for now we will only see a four-cylinder engine.

We just hope that Mazda isn’t cutting its own throat by offering an under-powered four-cylinder for this hot-looking model. Then again, the automotive world tends to change with the wind, so you never know what may actually happen between now and the 2014 Mazda6’s release in the first quarter of 2013.

Mazda RX-8 Spirit R

If you have ever enjoyed a sweet horror flick, especially vampire, zombie, or werewolf ones, you are likely familiar with fact that the villain just never seems to die. He always comes back for a little bit more. One of my all-time favorites, Zombieland, actually teases about this by the “double-tap,” which is rule No. 2 in surviving a zombie outbreak.

Well, it appears that Mazda didn’t get that memo with the RX-8 zombie. Just like a bad case of zombification, this thing just keeps coming back for more. Mazda recently announced that it has extended the final production of the “Spirit R ” version of the RX-8 – thankfully only available in Japan – for an additional 1,000 units.

In addition to its 232 horsepower that are only attainable at engine speeds not many are comfortable with and its lackluster 159 pound-feet of torque, you also get larger brakes with red painted calipers, piano-black transmission tunnel trim, Recaro Sprint R seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a revised traction control system.

It’s really curious to see just how much mud Mazda can drag the “RX” nameplate through before it finally takes it behind the barn and puts it out of its misery. We still have a lot of love for the RX lineup as a whole, but the RX-8 really tested the patience of RX lovers. Here’s to hoping this is the one and only time that Mazda decides to extend the life of this beautiful ride turned zombie and focuses more on releasing a new RX that will pay the proper respect to the name.

According to the press release, which you can read after the jump, this charade thankfully comes to an end in July of this year.

Click past the jump to read Mazda’s press release.

Mazda is adding yet another special edition on the British market, this time based on the Mazda6 sedan. The new Venture Edition will be offered on both petrol and diesel models, sedan and station wagon edition and will be priced from £21,000 - or about $33,500 at the current exchange rates.

On the exterior the new Venture Edition will be distinguished by a new set of 17" gunmetal alloy wheels, sports front grille, privacy glass and a special range of colors: Brilliant Black and optional Crystal White Pearlescent, Black Mica or Stormy Blue Mica. Only for this edition Mazda is offering a unique Dolphin Grey Mica exterior paint. The interior adds Sanyo TomTom navigation, integrated Bluetooth, half-leather seat trim and heated front seats.

"The arrival of the new Mazda6 Venture Edition models, with their unique combination of advanced technology, sports styling, a premium interior and great added value, will attract new consumers to our showrooms," said Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.

There are very few stunts in this world that can compete with a car driving along a wall without the aid of any Hollywood magic. But for those talented enough to pull of such a feat, it makes for some sick viewing.

In this video, we find ourselves in the Demon Drome Wall of Death with no less than Dynomite Dave, the man who has made an art form out of mastering the Drome. For this particular stunt, Dynomite Dave demonstrates his incredible skill at conquering the Wall of Death, and he does so not with a bike but with an actual Mazda2 .

As incredible as this all sounds, it’s even more impressive when you watch the video for yourself. And for those thinking that they could pull off this stunt on their own, consider the fact that Dynomite Dave knows what he’s doing inside that wall. So for the sake of your health and finances, leave the stunts to the experts.

The Mazda 787B already holds esteem as one of the most iconic race cars in history, highlighted by its successful win at the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours race. That win make it the first and only Japanese race car to win the prestigious endurance race.

For a race car that holds so much esteem, the folks over at Turn 10 Studios decided to bring the 787B into their game as part of their February ALMS Car Pack.

In this video, we catch up with some of the people responsible for bringing the 787B into the virtual world. More than just the sheer sight of the green-and-orange racer romping Forza 4 , the 787B’s defining quality will always be its four-rotor Wankel engine, the source of what Turn 10 Studios says is the loudest engine they’ve ever recorded.

For something that often falls in the realm of hyperbole, the 787B has a legitimate claim to that title. It’s so loud that it actually beat the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 , a car that packed a sizzling 960 horsepower and 650 lb/ft of torque.

Check out the video and find out the lengths Turn 10 Studios had to go through to fully capture the banshee-like screams of the Mazda 787B. Better yet, turn up the volume and listen to it yourselves!

Mazda Takeri Concept

At the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, Mazda debuted a new concept, the Takeri , and it just may be a preview to another anticipated vehicle – the new Mazda6 . The Takeri concept vehicle, which will make its American debut at the New York Auto Show on April 4th, is just another addition to Mazda’s “KODO” design, which is rather wild, even for Mazda. The Takeri will feature Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D engine - a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine - which is designed to decrease emissions and increase fuel economy.

This intelligent diesel engine also features what Mazda calls “i-Stop,” which shuts the engine off during extended stops and restarts it within 0.4 seconds of pressing the accelerator again. That’s the fastest restart of any automatic engine shutdown system today, but still, once that technology starts breaking down, it will be a nightmare for owners.
There are no details on the U.S. version of the 2.2-liter engine, but the European version produces 170 horsepower in the CX-5 .

The most interesting thing about this release is that it is coming on the forefront of an anticipated redesign for the Mazda6. Looking at the spy shots of the 2013 Mazda6 that we teased back in January and comparing them to the Takeri image, the similarities are uncanny.

We are going to go ahead and make the call that the Takeri coming to the U.S. bearing its 2.2-liter diesel engine will ultimately be Mazda’s announcement of an all-new Mazda6. While the redesign may not be a complete shock, the 2.2-liter diesel and other SKYACTIV technologies fitted on the 2013 Mazda6 – lowered engine compression, i-Stop, high-tech transmission, and more rigid, yet lighter, body – should help keep future owners away from the gas pumps a little more often.

Hit the jump to read the official press release from Mazda.

Another auto show, another special edition MX-5 Miata . Leave it to Mazda to do something like that, and quite frankly, you won’t see any complaints from us.

It wasn’t that long ago - last week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show , to be exact - when Mazda treated all of us with a new special edition model of the legendary MX-5 Miata Roadster.

Not content with just one of these bad boys being showcased at a major auto event, the Japanese automaker decided to bring ANOTHER special edition MX-5 Miata to the NEXT auto event on the calendar: the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

This particular model is called the "MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2012", a car that will be offered exclusively to the European market - America, we had our turn last week! - and distinguishing itself with a choice of four exterior paint finishes, including Radiant Ebony, Crystal White Pearl, Metropolitan Grey and Brilliant Black.

In addition to the four interesting color ways, the MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2012 will also carry grille surrounds, chrome headlamp inserts, and fog lamp bezels as part of the exterior enhancements. As for the interior, Mazda dressed up the special edition MX-5 with a pretty unique “Havana Brown” leather upholstery, as well as fitting the same model with an integrated navigation system, a first for the Mazda MX-5.

When Mazda unveiled their new ’Kodo’ design language, it marked a changing of the guard as far as the company’s new design philosophy was concerned.

The first two examples of this new chapter in Mazda design came in the form of the Shinari and Minagi concepts. And now, a third model is expected to join the fold with its debut scheduled for the Tokyo Auto Show in November 2011.

The third Kodo-influenced concept is called the Takeri and it’s being touted as the eventual successor and next-generation model of the Mazda6 . The Takeri Concept successfully follows in the steps of both the Shinari and Minagi concepts in that it carries the same "expression of motion that focuses on the strength, beauty and tension found in the instantaneous movement seen in animals" - or as how Mazda describes its new Kodo-Soul of Motion design language.

Full details surrounding the Takeri Concept have yet to be revealed, although it appears that it will carry Mazda’s new SKYACTIV technology that is geared towards producing a range of hybrid versions for the next-generation Mazda6 . Other rumored elements of the Takeri Concept include a high tensile, lightweight steel chassis, regenerative brakes, and start-stop engine technology

More details of the Takeri Concept are expected to be revealed at the Tokyo Auto Show in a little over a month’s time. For now, enjoy the photos of the concept that Mazda has just released.

UPDATE 02/13/2012: Mazda has announced that the new Takeri Concept will be making its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. With that, they’ve released a series of 40 new high res images. Enjoy!

Japanese automaker, Mazda , will troop to the Windy City to debut another special edition model of their most popular vehicle, the MX-5 Miata .

Based on the MX-5 Miata Grand Touring model, the car will be limited to only 450 models, distinguishing itself with a number of unique additions that include two new exterior colors, a black-only power retractable hard top, blah exterior accents, a new set of 17" gunmetal wheels, heated black leather seats, and interior finishes dressed in piano black.

Performance specs will remain the same, which means that the car will sport a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that produces 167 horsepower and 158 lb/ft of torque and will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed sport automatic transmission.

The MX-5 Miata Special Edition’s participation at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show was done as a tribute to Mazda’s debut on the global stage back in 1989. Since then, the Miata has become one of the most popular roadsters in the world, selling over a million models since it made its debut 23 years ago.

UPDATE 02/08/2012: The special edition Mazda MX-5 has made its debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Limited to only 450 units, the model will go on sale at the end of February 2012 at a starting price of $31,225 for the manual transmission and $31,675 when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission. The model is equipped with both the Premium and Suspension packages as standard.

The 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon will begin right after the Detroit Auto Show in January and many automakers are releasing all kinds of information on their lineup for the show floor in Japan. For example, Mazda will be bringing plenty of specially customized MX-5 models, including the MX-5 NR-A Jinba Ittai and the MX-5 Black Tuned edition.

The Black Tuned Edition is based on the special edition MX-5 Sport Black model announced earlier this year, but going on sale in the spring of 2012. The model adopts black-based special features for both the interior and exterior, and offers a full range of exclusive specifications including BBS lightweight alloy wheels, Bilstein height adjustable dampers, a Brembo brake system (painted in gold for the front), and Recaro seats.

The list of standard equipment for the Mazda MX-5 Black Tuned Edition includes climate control air-conditioning, a premium Bose audio system, an integrated hands-free Bluetooth system, cruise control, and front fog lights.


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