Sports Mazda fans, prepare yourself, as your appetite is about to be smothered in all kinds of performance Mazda goodness. Clockwise, there's the Mazda MX-5 Super20, Mazda2 Street, Mazda MX-5 Cup Car, Mazda2 Evil Track, Mazda3 Turbo sedan and the Mazda2 Carbon.
The Mazda MX-5 Super20 is a hard-topped version of the Mazda MX-5 offering tough street presence. Performance enhancements include a Racing Beat 304-stainless steel exhaust system, re-tuned ECU computer, Mazdaspeed coilover suspension, 16x9 inch Enkei RPF1 wheels with 245/45-R16 Toyo Proxes RA-1 R-compound tyres and an uprated braking system incorporating Power Slot slotted brake rotors and StopTech stainless steel brake lines.
Next round is the Mazda2 Street. Mazda says this car is an 'urban sport inspired' concept of the highly popular Mazda2 hatch. It features a discreet and minimalist design with light weight black 949 6UL 15x9 inch wheels also sporting the Toyo Proxes RA-1 R-compound tyres. Enhancements are limited to the cosmetics and some handling-focused aspects. It also features matte graphics on the fine metallic light grey paintwork.
Probably the most serious iteration in the lineup is the Mazda MX-5 Cup Car. It's basically a full race car prepared to hit the track straight out of the box. It features a barrage of Mazdaspeed modifications, including engine upgrades which bring power levels to 145kW, completely revised adjustable suspension and drastic safety equipment improvements, such as full roll cage, racing seat, neck restraint and engine cut-off and fire extinguisher system.
The Mazda2 Evil Track follows much the same philosophy as the Mazda MX-5 Cup car, featuring vast suspension and safety upgrades and some engine enhancements. H & R has provided all the suspension work, whilst underneath, the car gets a high-flow Magna-flow exhaust system. There's also light weight 949 6UL 15 inch wheels.
Probably the most sought after, in terms of road cars, is the Mazda3 Turbo sedan. It's basically a fine-tuned sports version of the popular Mazda3 sedan offering huge power improvements and discreet visual enhancements. Mazda says the car, using a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine, outputs an almost ridiculous 187kW of power at the wheels. This means engine output would be somewhere in the vicinity of 220-230kW; a perfect rival to the Ford Focus RS.
Visual enhancements include a Crystal White Pearl paint finish incorporating faint Le Mans-style graphics on the side. It also features dark 19 inch wheels, blackened mirrors, roof, grille and tail lights along with tinted windows.
The Mazda2 Carbon focuses on visuals and being light weight. There's various carbon fibre panels throughout and it also offers Mazda's aggressive bodykit also featured on the Mazda2 Evil track. It also features vast suspension upgrades and larger wheels over the standard model.
Mazda's North American design director, Derek Jenkins, recently said about the cars,
"The versatility of Mazda vehicles is extraordinary. With just minor modifications to a stock Mazda, it can be ready for the track or a car show. Our SEMA cars demonstrate this ability; taking a vehicle from the dealership and making it a truly unique piece."
It's great to see Mazda is staying in touch with its sports car fans and still capable of producing such packages.