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That Time When Mazda Teased Us With Modern Version Of The 1967 Cosmo But Didn't Make It

That Time When Mazda Teased Us With Modern Version Of The 1967 Cosmo But Didn’t Make It

This retro-inspired Cosmo 21 is a rotary-powered Roadster based on the Mazda Miata NB

The idea of a new car that looks like a classic is not a new one, as many carmakers and design studios have been romanticizing it for a long time. However, it became most obvious around the early 2000s, with cars like the muscle car trio – the Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, and cars like the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500, only to name a few. That said, while many of these concepts went into production, others did not. Such is the case with the 2002 Mazda Cosmo 21, which took the Miata NB and turned it into a faithful representation of the first Mazda to use a Wankel (rotary) engine.

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It's Amazing What You'll Find In The Peterson Museum Alone At Night

It’s Amazing What You’ll Find In The Peterson Museum Alone At Night

The Peterson Automotive Museum hides some prertty epic stuff in "The Vault", among which a rare pre-production Mazda RX-7

The Hoonigans YouTube channel is the place to go if you are looking to see some of the most interesting and madly-modified vehicles, as well as some truly crazy stunts. This video is a bit different, however, as it takes us into the Peterson Automotive Museum. The place is home to well over 100 cars and some of the most unique ones are held in “The Vault”. These include some of the first vehicles ever made, movie cars, “001” chassis cars (the first of their kind), as well as some awesome concept cars.

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The 2000 Mazda 626 MPS Concept - When Rally Was Life And Competition Was Necessary

The 2000 Mazda 626 MPS Concept - When Rally Was Life And Competition Was Necessary

The WRC would have been a lot more interesting with this car on the starting grid

We all look back with nostalgia at rally racing’s notorious rivalry between Mitsubishi and Subaru, more specifically between the Impreza and Lancer Evo. Few people know that Mazda, as it sat on the sidelines, concocted a plan to join the battle on WRC’s grueling stages and even built a prototype to highlight its intentions. Meet the 2000 Mazda 626 MPS Concept.

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This Is the Mazda RX-7 Shooting Brake We Always Deserved

This Is the Mazda RX-7 Shooting Brake We Always Deserved

The quasi-practical RX-7 that never was

Although the Mazda RX-7 spawned three generations, it never got a shooting brake variant. And for good reason, since Mazda conceived and developed the RX-7 as a rotary-engine sports car that favored balance, lightness, and nimbleness over anything else.

Some markets got a 2+2 interior layout, and the RX-7 could even be had in convertible form (namely the second-gen FC model). However, the third-gen RX-7 FD was a coupe-only affair. Then came Khyzyl Saleem.

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This RX Vision - 918 Mashup Is Proof Mazda and Porsche Should Build a Hypercar Together

This RX Vision - 918 Mashup Is Proof Mazda and Porsche Should Build a Hypercar Together

Looks aside, care to think what might power this thing?

It’s easy to get yourself lost in the sea of digital renders popping up these days on the interwebs. With artists becoming more and more visible, we’re constantly bombarded with wannabe futuristic vehicles, modern twists brought to classic cars, or simply all-new concoctions that are never going to see daylight in real life.

Now try to guess where this Mazda RX Vision GT3 - Porsche 918 Spyderhodgepodge fits in.

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This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe

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?

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.

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You Have to Check Out This Mazda RX-10 Vision Longtail Supercar for Le Mans

You Have to Check Out This Mazda RX-10 Vision Longtail Supercar for Le Mans

We want Mazda to make a Le Mans comeback with one of these, please

Mazda is no stranger to Le Mans. In fact, the Japanese outlet tasted success at Le Mans on June 23, 1991, finished first in front of the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar, becoming the first Asian carmaker to win the famed 24-hour race.

Helping Mazda on its way to victory was the 787B rotary-powered race car drove by Johnny Herbert at an average speed of 127.62 mph. So there’s no wonder why so many car aficionados and Mazda fans have been wondering when and if will the carmaker make a comeback at Le Mans. While there’s no info on such plans, we wish Mazda would decide to return to France with a prototype that looks like this one.

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You'll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

You’ll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

But unfortunately you can’t

When most people hear the words ‘Mazda’ and ‘RX-7,’ their minds instantly project the image of the third-generation FD model. And for good reason. This was the last chapter in the RX-7 saga, the best-looking of them all, and at that time, the ultimate interpretation of the Wankel rotary engine.

There’s no wonder that so many gearheads love the third-gen Mazda RX-7. It’s beautifully designed, lightweight, and it handles like a charm out on the open road. Plus, it makes for a mean donor vehicle for drift cars and as you’re about to see, for a time attack car, too.

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Mazda is Set to Put on One Hell of a Showing at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon

Mazda is Set to Put on One Hell of a Showing at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon

Spoiler – These mean machines will leave you drooling

Mazda seems to be on a roll these days. After attending auto shows all across the globe, the Japanese automaker finally returns to its homeland with a variety of models that it plans to unveil at the Tokyo Auto Salon next month. Can it spin the same magic and continue the good form here?

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2017 Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

2017 Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

Is Mazda entering the full-size market?

Mazda has had quite a few good years since 2012, introducing not only a very appealing design language but also a solid lineup of crossovers and SUVs. In addition, it came up with two wild Vision concepts, one that pays tribute to the Le Mans-winning 787B and one that previews a successor to the iconic RX-7 and a new-generation rotary engine. But it appears that the Japanese firm isn’t stopping here. At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled the Vision Coupe, a sleek four-door that may become the company’s larger sedan yet.

Based on the RX-Vision design-wise, the Vision Coupe is unlike any other Mazda we’ve seen on the road. Not only larger than the Mazda 6, it also has a decidedly sporty attitude and a coupe-like roof that reminds of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the car that started this whole trend. And while there’s no official word on what Mazda will do with this concept, a full-size sedan is very likely in the future. With Mazda having offered such a model for only a few years in the 1980s and 1990s (remember the 929?), a full-size sedan would be a big deal for the Japanese automaker. But until we find out more about that, let’s take a closer look at Mazda’s most exciting sedan yet.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mazda Vision Coupe.

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2017 Mazda Kai

2017 Mazda Kai

A sexy hatch for the next generation

Welcome to the future! Well, we’re not there quite yet, but the Mazda Kai Concept is essentially a quick look into the crystal ball that exposes the future of Mazda vehicles. Unlike Mazda’s “Vision” concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the Kai is something that Mazda could actually make some in the near future. It could even possibly represent the next-gen Mazda3 hatchback – a model that will be due for replacement in the next three to four years anyway. So, what does it bring to the table? Try stunning looks, aggressive lines, sleek curves, and the SkyActiv-X powertrain that’s expected to propel the Mazda brand into the next decade. Meanwhile, the interior gets a toned down look with accents in just the right places, a display screen that’s as wide as the day is long, and a cabin that emphasizes space as much as it does the car’s sporty prowess.

So, will Mazda turn this into the next-gen Mazda3 Hatch? Well, it’s certainly too early to tell since the third-gen model was just revamped for the 2017 model year. So, by the time 2020 get here, we could see a production prototype of that bad boy tearing up the streets with the usual pre-production camo and cloud of mystery floating above it. But, until that happens, let’s take a closer look at this concept, talk some more about it, and speculate a bit about what it could become in the future.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mazda Kai Concept.

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Mazda has a lot Planned for the Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda has a lot Planned for the Tokyo Motor Show

New concepts and a fresh peak at that Skyactiv-X!

As Mazda strives to lower its CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy, a new breed of Mazda vehicle and engine is about to be unleashed, and it’s something you need to pay attention to. The scene is the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, and the vision involves not one, but two new-gen concept vehicles that will debut next to the very engine that will propel the future vehicles they represent. Little is known about either at this time, but it’s probably safe to assume that Mazda isn’t going to let us down. So far, the brand has released a set of teasers to go along with shots of its new Skyativ-X engine. And, sorry folks, that Skyactiv-X isn’t the rotary engine we’ve all been begging for, but it’s still pretty cool.

So, what does Mazda have on its plate for us in Tokyo? Well, keep reading to find out more and hear a few predictions.

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