Friday, December 13, 2019

The Design of These Mazdas is Inspired by Motorsports


After years of shying away from creating go-fast cars, Mazda is taking the first steps by showing off a trio of customized models destined for the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. While they still lack additional oomph, these three Polymetal Gray models show that Mazda’s KODO design can still be personalized and personalized well.

Starting off with the Mazda3, it gets the “Signature Style” (called “Speed” in the Philippines) aero kit, a front strut bar, lower arm bar, and RAYS ZE40 18-inch wheels shod with Bridgestone Potenza 215/45 R 18 tires. A Fujitsubo stainless steel muffler completes the exterior. Inside, it gets stainless steel pedals, scuff plate, Mazdaspeed sport seats, a 6-point racing harness, and an Alcantara steering wheel and shift knob.

For the MX-5, it gets the full Mazdaspeed aero kit, strut bar and lower arm bar, and RAYS ZE40 17-inch wheels with Bridgestone rubber. Inside, it’s swathed in Alcantara from the door trims to the shift boot and center console lid, while a 4-point roll bar by Cusco complete the transformation.

Finally, there’s the CX-5 and this one’s the most interesting. It gets a special Mazda design aero kit, potentially signaling a near-production aero kit for the compact SUV, an Auto Exe sports muffler, and 20-inch RAYS G25EDGE F1 wheels with Bridgestone Alenza001 255/45 R 20 tires. Oh, and it also gets a height adjustable suspension too.

For those heading to Japan this January, it might be a great idea to check them out in the flesh since these three can serve as inspiration for those looking to customize their Mazda vehicles. The Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 happens from January 10-12, 2019 at the Makuhari Messe.

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