Tag "Mazda"

Why Mazda shuns turbos: Geek Speak

Bravery is a rare phenomenon in the automotive industry. Sure, every brand will tell you it follows its own unique engineering ethos, but take a more critical look and few makers today actually stray from the pack and risk losing

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Mazda RX-Vision Concept

We’ve heard it all since the Mazda RX-8 made its debut in 2003. From rumours suggesting Mazda’s rotary engine R&D is in full swing, to the company denying it’ll ever build a Wankel engine or a rotary sportscar again. Only

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PCOTY 2016: Mazda MX-5 #8

YEAH, sure, look, all right. Showing up for a PCOTY packing less than 100kW in 2015 is like admitting you voted for Rudd and Abbott at the same time. Hell, the BMW i8’s second motor is almost more powerful than

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Mazda MX-5: ND vs NA

There is no greater weight than that of expectation, and it was one that fell heavily around the shoulders of those involved in the new ND Mazda MX-5. Engineers, designers, marketers, everyone working on the fourth-generation of Mazda’s iconic roadster

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Mazda MX-5 auto

Look, we’re not going to try to talk you out of getting the manual version of the new 1.5-litre MX-5 anytime soon. But fact is, if you can’t avoid the ol’ P-R-N-D you’ll be glad to hear the six-speed auto

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New York Motor Show: Mazda MX-5 RF revealed

If you’re keen on a new MX-5 but aren’t a fan of the convertible look, Mazda now has you covered, unveiling the MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) this morning ahead of its New York Motor Show debut. Towards the end of

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Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota 86 GTS

It’s a tough time to be a driving enthusiast in Australia. There’s a smorgasbord of fast metal available, but all over the country great driving roads are being neutered as speed limits erode, from 100 to 90km/h, then 80, then

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Sweet Dream | Mazda MX-5 Coupe

History lesson: back in 2003, Mazda made a coupe version of the NB MX-5 for the Japanese market. A limited number were built and offered with the a 1.6-litre or 1.8-litre engine and both a manual or automatic transmission. The

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Mazda's RX-7 Bathurst winner

When talk turns to Japanese dominance at Australia’s most famous racetrack, it’s likely to be Nissan that springs to mind. And not without reason: after all, its R32 GT-R won back-to-back Bathurst 1000s in 1991 and 1992, before adding to

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Mazda 3 XD Astina ‘Kuroi’ | Review

Good performance cars are like good comedy: it’s all in the delivery. It’s primarily this reason why diesel performance cars have struggled to gain a foothold, regardless of how impressive their numbers may be. Diesels produce plenty of low-end punch,

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