Looking Out From the Garage: January 2011

53 Cool Concepts... Part XL...

2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata hardtop photographed in ...
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A few years back, when the Miata nameplate was relatively new, someone got the bright idea to drop a 5.0L Ford V8 into one... and then they made a kit, the Monster Miata.  But that just wouldn't do for a Concept Car...

But dropping a Mazda Rotary engine, from an RX8 would make sense...

The stock Miata MX-5 is powered by a 167hp I4 engine.  It makes about 140 lb-ft of torque and redlines at 7200rpm.  The RX-8 rotary, on the other hand, makes 232hp and 159 lb-ft torque and redlines at 9000rpm.  More importantly, the rotary has tremendous power potential...  But even stock, the power bump would be significant.  The RX-8 weighs in at about 3300 pounds and does 0-60 in about 6.6 seconds.  The Miata, meanwhile, clocks in 6.9 seconds 0-60... but only weighs in at 2400 pounds.  I would expect that a rotary powered Miata would turn in about a 4.8 second 0-60 time...

the Sportier Version of Mazda's Recent Face li...
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With a slight horsepower bump, as well as a few beefier components, this would be a VERY attractive car for Mazda.  There aren't that many cars that have this type of power/weight ratio.  We are talking about Corvette territory...

Toss in some nice racing buckets, a few carbon fiber accents, lower stance and slightly larger (and lower profile) tires.  That would be a winning package.  It would just about be production ready...

British Racing Green with a Saddle interior, please...

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Comment balloon 1 commentLane Bailey • January 30 2011 11:09AM
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