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Mazda MX-5 Super25 Concept lights the way to motorsports glory

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 31st, 2012

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Mazda MX-5 Super25

Following up on last year’s MX-5 Super20 Concept, Mazda has pulled the covers off a somewhat different, though still motorsports-oriented, two-seat roadster concept.

Mazda says the Super25 was created with endurance racing in mind, with a set of PIAA 40 Series halogen lamps front and center to light the way ahead, and a Sparco racing seat, harness and steering wheel keep the driver well in control. An AiM MXL data acquisition logger is set into the dash to help keep track of essential track and car data.

Painted up in Mazdaspeed racing colors – black, gray and red – with Brilliant White highlights, the Super25 carries the number 55 proudly on its sides. This number is significant, as those are the digits that Mazda’s historic Le Mans racer wore in 1991.

Check out all the details in the press release below and the live photos above.

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Mazda MX-5 Super25 Concept lights the way to motorsports glory originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda teases SEMA-bound CX-5s

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 30th, 2012

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Mazda is getting into the SEMA Show spirit by teasing us with a trio of concepts based on the 2013 CX-5, all of which were hatched at the automaker’s design studio in Irvine, California. Looking at the renderings, there is nothing over-the-top about any of these crossovers, but what we do see here is our long-awaited first look at a diesel-powered CX-5.

The CX-5 Dempsey uses Mazda’s new Skyactiv-D diesel engine paired with all-wheel drive. As for the show aspect of this concept, it is obviously named after actor Patrick Dempsey who not only races a Mazda RX-8 in Grand-Am, but apparently he is also an avid cyclist. Other than the contrasting black, red and grey paint scheme, this CX-5 is also equipped with a roof-top cargo carrier and a bike rack to carry a similar Specialized Bicycle S-Work Tarmac racing bicycle that helped Russian Olympian Alexander Vinokourov win the gold medal at the London Summer Olympics.

As far as paint jobs go, the CX-5 180 show car is probably the best of the bunch with a unique look consisting of what seem to be colors and designs that actually make up topographical maps of Big Bear Lake and Point Dume State Beach located in Southern California. Finally, the CX-5 Urban goes for more of the dark and sinister look that is made up various triangular shapes that end up looking like some sort of futuristic digital camouflage.

While we only have these renderings to go off of currently, we’ll get a better look at all three Mazdas very soon as the 2012 SEMA Show kicks off later today.

Mazda teases SEMA-bound CX-5s originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Turbo2 Concept promises forced-induction frolicking

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 3rd, 2011

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Mazda Turbo2 Concept

If the Mazda2 needs anything, it’s a little more pep in its step. Mazda has moved to address that ail with the SEMA 2011 Turbo2 Concept. Boasting a direct-injection 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the small hatch is crammed with 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Those are the kinds of figures that are sure to slather a grin across your face, especially given that Mazda has managed to trim the concept’s weight down to a skinny 2,300 pounds. Mazda also reminds us that this vehicle wears the company’s largest forced-induction four-cylinder engine in its smallest vehicle platform. Zoom-Zoom indeed.

The Turbo2 Concept rocks a set of Brembo brakes to bring the whole party to a stop in a hurry, and the suspension has received its fair share of attention as well. HR coilovers, Corksport sway bars front and rear and Yokohama rubber all help keep the tiny hatch glued to the track. In fact, if this is all looking rather serious for a showcar, that’s because it is – this car was built by the folks at Autobarn for use in One Lap of America with blessings from the Japanese automaker, though it has since been the recipient of a splashy new look.

So, will we see a version of it production? There’s always a chance that Mazda will give the world a Mazdaspeed2 to chew on. In the meantime, if you can’t wait and want this exact car, Autoblog reader Pete L. notes that it’s for sale by the Autobarn folks, though it’s a costly little number: $94,999. Eek.

Mazda Turbo2 Concept promises forced-induction frolicking originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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