The Mazda garage is a pilgrimage for driving enthusiasts. Located in the basement at Mazda HQ in Irvine, CA, the garage is chock-full of vintage street cars and race cars, and even a rotary truck. This is Randy Miller's domain.
The Miata M Speedster concept was first shown in 1994 at the Monterey Historic Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition to a chopped windshield it boasts more power as well, in the form of a supercharged 1.8-liter engine, good for 200 horsepower.
The Miata M Coupe concept showed up at the New York Auto Show in 1996. It took a few years but we finally have the new Miata RF, a hard-top convertible that takes much of its styling from this concept.
The MX-5 Miata Spyder concept turned up at the 2011 SEMA show. Sure, that top is way different from the traditional convertible top, but there is some crazy stuff under the hood as well. The 2.0-liter engine uses isobutanol as fuel, affirming Mazda's commitment to produce the ol' "zoom zoom" with a minimal environmental impact.
The grenadine-red soft top is a single panel, crafted by Haartz Corporation. It gives the concept a low-slung stance but doesn't sacrifice any headroom -- which, let's face it, is at a premium in any Miata.
We first saw the Mazdaspeed 757 Group C running in the mid to late 1980s. #202, pictured here, and its twin #203 sported a 2.0-liter 13G three-rotor engine, good for 350 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque with a five-speed manual transmission.
After it was forced to give up the rotary engine for the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans, Mazda developed a 3.5-liter V10 engine, putting out 600 horsepower. This car was putting out some great times during the race, but unfortunately crashed in the tenth hour.
The RX-4 was sold in the United States from 1974-1977. A wagon was also available, but this 1974 coupe is pretty bad ass. Under the hood is a 13B rotary producing 110 horsepower and 117 pound-feet of torque.