Great Alternatives to the Volkswagen Golf GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is considered the forefather of the hot hatch segment. The first Golf GTI was introduced in June 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Nowadays, the Golf GTI is in its eighth generation and is still one of the best all-around performers in the segment. It’s also sold both in Europe and North America, which is not something that can be said for all the cars on the list. With that being said, the modern hot hatch scene is as dynamic as ever and many new contenders for the best hot hatch title. Here are some of the best alternatives that aim to de-throne the GTI.
The 2000 Mazda 626 MPS Concept - When Rally Was Life And Competition Was Necessary
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.
This Is the Mazda RX-7 Shooting Brake We Always Deserved
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.
This Mazda MX-5 Miata Runs on Koenigsegg’s Freevalve Technology!
Innovation is awesome, especially if it means that we can enjoy internal combustion engines for a longer period. Not long ago, Koenigsegg introduced freevalve technology. Essentially, they built an engine that does not require camshafts. Instead, it uses pneumatic actuators for the valves, making it a lot more efficient and compact. Needless to say, Koenigsegg ha some of the most innovative, but also the most expensive cars in the world. But can you integrate some of that revolutionary tech into an affordable car?
Mazda Now Has a Heritage Parts Program for the FC and FD-gen RX-7!!!
It’s been only a couple of weeks since Nissan announced a comprehensive restoration program for the iconic Skyline GT-R R32, and Mazda s now launching a heritage program for the FC- and FC-generation RX-7. Joining its older Roadster Restore program for the first-generation Miata, this new heritage program will produce parts for the second- and third-gen rotary-powered coupes, produced from 1985 to 2002. It looks like it’s time to get your old RX-7 out of storage for a proper restoration.
You Have To See The Hoonicorn Take on This Wicked 4-Rotor, AWD Mazda RX-7
Ken Block’s Hoonicorn is on a mission to conquer the world. The drag racing world, that is.
You’re probably familiar with the Hoonicorn vs The World series running on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel. If you’re not, then this video might as well serve as a pretty neat crash course, because the Hoonicorn is racing a car that it inspired.
If You Buy a 2022 Mazda2 In Europe, You’re Basically Buying a Toyota Yaris
The 2021 Mazda3 Turbo Doesn’t Back Down from the VW Golf R or Subaru WRX
The fourth-generation Mazda3 looks hotter than its predecessor, but it’s also available with a selection of updated SkyActiv engines. But the really big news is the 2.5 Turbo trim, which features a beefed-up 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts the Mazda3 into hot-hatchback territory. Much like the Mazdaspeed3 did more than 10 years ago. But is it powerful and fast enough to take on the market’s most popular performance compacts? The folks over at Throttle House hosted a three-way drag race to find out.
Is This Lifted, LS-Swapped Mazda MX-5 Miata Cool or a Travesty?
This Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t just any Miata. Hillcimb racing fans amongst you may recognize this as one of Flying Miata’s most insane projects, a lifted NB Miata built for dirt racing that hides a 455 horsepower LS3 V-8. As you can see here, the car, nicknamed ’Zombie Elvis’, is alive and well and continues to bring many smiles per gallon.
Mazda is known as one of those car manufacturers that like to do things a bit differently. From their use of rotary engines for their flagship sports cars and emphasis on perfect weight distribution to their elegant, quirky design, and refusal to give in to the downsizing trend. The CX-30 is one of the latest entries in Mazda’s lineup. It is a sub-compact crossover which places it in the same niche as the CX-3. Wouldn’t two offerings of the same segment create an internal competition? Not exactly. Thehe CX-3 is aimed at the entry-level sub-compact crossover segment, where it would go up against the likes of Chevrolet Trax, Ford EcoSport, and Nissan Kicks. At the same time, the CX-30’s goal is to steal clients from the likes of Honda HR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Crosstrek – models that represent the higher echelon of the sub-compact crossover segment. So, does it have what it takes?
Mazda’s Rotary Engine Returns, But You Probably Won’t Like It
Mazda has been talking about reviving the rotary engine for several years now and back in 2018 it confirmed that it’s finally on its way back into a production model. Come 2020 and the Japanese automaker confirmed that it will offer a rotary engine in the Mazda MX-30. However, it won’t be the sole provider of power, but a range extender on the electric version of the said crossover.
Christmas Will Come Early for 50 People Thanks to Mazda
2020 has been a shitty year. There’s no other way around it. But change your perspective a little, and you can also say that 2020 has been a great year for the human spirit and the drive to help others in need.
The latter is one of the reasons why Mazda created the Mazda Heroes program, which aims to give back to individuals who are putting in the time and effort to help other people. To show its appreciation, Mazda will choose 50 people who have proven that not all heroes wear capes. All 50 people will not only be recognized for their efforts, but they’ll also go home with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition.