A Look at Classic Mazda Sports Car History
You know you are a Mazda fanatic if the sound of the words “zoom-zoom” causes your heart to skip a beat and you begin day-dreaming of getting behind the wheel of Han’s Veilside-tuned 1997 RX-7. If you’re not that kind of fanatic yet, you will be once you experience the thrill of driving a Mazda sports car for yourself. With their wildly popular “sportsters” such as the original 1967 Cosmo 100S, the top-selling Mazda 3, and the savvy RX-8, Mazda has earned its rightful place in the sports car class, being first in its class to drop a Wankel rotary engine into the mass production line and first in the world to use the Miller cycle in piston engines.
So, what is it that has made the “zoom-zoom” so special over the years? Let’s take a closer look at a few of the most sought after Mazda-mobiles and see just what all the hype is all about!
- Mazda Cosmo 100S: Hitting 0 to 60 in just 10.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 115 mph was a seriously impressive amount of “zoom-zoom” cranked out by this 0.49L rotary engine! Loaded with a 2-rotor Wankel engine, this invigorating ride made for a grand entrance for Mazda into the sports car scene.
- Mazda RX-7: First arriving on the scene in the 70’s, the RX-7 is a streamlined coupe loaded with a powerful Wankel engine. The 80’s welcomed a turbocharged engine and arrived equipped with a fuel injection system, together producing a stellar performance of 136.7 mph. This snappy number took home the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1991.
- Mazda RX-8: Offering seating for four and a power packed 1.3L twin-rotor Wankel engine, the 2004 RX-8 débuted the “Renesis” engine, an improved and lightweight version of the rotary engine. When mated with a 6-speed transmission, this sportster offered 232 horses that ran the RX-8 0-60 in 7 seconds flat.
- Mazda MX-5 Miata: Japanese quality meets classic European roadster in the award-winning MX-5 Miata. A very popular choice among sports car enthusiasts, this thriller continues to proudly boast its title as one of the best roadsters ever built, taking home awards such as Wheels Magazine Car of the Year in 1989 and 2005, 2005-2006 Car of the Year Japan, and 2005 Australian Car of the Year.
Test Drive a Classic Mazda “Sportster”
Hop behind the wheel of a classic Mazda sports car today at Biggers Mazda. Offering a comprehensive selection of today’s and yesterday’s most popular Mazda classics, we look forward to helping you find just the sporty ride you have been looking for. Visit our dealership today and experience Mazda’s “Zoom Zoom” with a test drive!