This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe
They say don’t judge a book by its cover but we can judge it by how it sells, right?by Tudor Rus, on
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
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?
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?
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.
|Engine:||2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine|
|Torque:||151 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||5.7 seconds|
|Top speed:||130 mph|
|Weight:||2.381 pounds (1,080 kilos)|
Source: Jose Antonio Aranda