They say don’t judge a book by its cover but we can judge it by how it sells, right?

When it comes to quirky BMWs, the Z3 M Coupe certainly takes the cake. That’s why this render of a Mazda Miata MX-5 in shooting brake-ish attire caught our eye instantly.

No, this is not the work of Mazda and in all fairness, we wouldn’t want it to be in the first place. Here’s why.

Meet the would-be Japanese clown shoe

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Clown shoe is what people call the BMW Z3 M Coupe.

Along with breadvan and hearse, that is. The Z3 M Coupe came to life as engineer Burkhard Goschel’s desire for a stiffer Z3. BMW didn’t quite like the idea, although the open-top Z3 was falling behind the MX-5 when it came to driving dynamics, but it eventually gave the greenlight on the project provided costs were kept in check.

Unfortunately, the Z3 M Coupe didn’t quite manage to raise the enthusiast’s heart rate, hence the slow sales. But what if Mazda took the same avenue with the MX-5 and came up with a fixed-roof ND-generation Miata to complement the canvas-roof version and the hardtop RF?

This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe
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I mean, the MX-5 certainly doesn’t need a stiffer chassis and more torsional rigidity as it is, but maybe Mazda had some budget left and it decided to go for a bread van-style MX-5, possibly wearing the Mazdaspeed badge.

Well, lucky for all the dreamers out there, Spanish artist Jose Antonio Aranda already thought of that, as MotorTrend reports. At the same time, given that the regular MX-5 is simply great, is there a real-world application for a fixed roof, clown shoe-looking version of it?

This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe
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Having driven the MX-5 and experienced the sheer amount of smiles per mile it puts on your face, we’d be inclined to say that anything that’s not from the current MX-5 recipe might throw the car’s soul out of balance.

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine
Horsepower: 181 horsepower
Torque: 151 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH: 5.7 seconds
Top speed: 130 mph
Weight: 2.381 pounds (1,080 kilos)
Power-to-Weight ratio: 76
Price: $25,700

Source: Jose Antonio Aranda

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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