Only a few days ago, Top Speed reported that the Japanese automaker, Toyota, is preparing a roadster version of their iQ city car. It turns out that they are not the only car builder from the Pacific island nation working on an open air subcompact.

The manufacturer from Hiroshima, Mazda, is also working on a roadster version of their smallest vehicle, the Mazda2. The new roadster is a response to sporty, fuel efficient models from Europe, like the upcoming Renault Twingo CC, Opel Tigra and Peugeot 207 CC. The roadster will be powered by the same engines that are found under the hood of the hatchback version, starting with a 1.3 Liter four cylinder and a larger 1.5 Liter gas burning engine. For those who like their fuel from a larger nozzle, Mazda will offer both a 1.4 Liter and a 1.6 Liter turbo diesel power plant to motivate the new roadster.

There is no word on a turbocharged gasoline engine or even a rotary powered roadster. Both are a bit too thirsty for the Mazda2’s intended customers, but wouldn’t it be exciting to see a compact Mazda city car powered by a 13B.


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  (544) posted on 04.7.2010

Well if this will be competing the IQ, therefore I’ll place my money here. It is a way far better than the IQ. It looks more aggressive and sporty.

  (417) posted on 03.21.2010

mazda should bring this into production, it’a quite good looking one and it’s performance are promising.

  (314) posted on 06.11.2009

That is true the hatchback is nice although it belongs to the B segment, it feels like you can even compare it with your Focus. If teh hatchback is good maybe this one will also be a great competitor in the segment.

  (421) posted on 06.11.2009

At first glance I thought it was an Acura RSX ala roadster! Anyways, I got a chance to hop into a Mazda2 hatchback, it’s nice. The console would be a bit of a headache to people who like to install their own after market stereo unit but all in all the car is surprisingly comfortable for its size. I like how the seats feel. So I expect the same on this new B segement line up!

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