• Nov 1, 2006
Though you would think the MazdaSpeed booth would be filled with examples of the MazdaSpeed3 tuned to within an inch of its tires, the CX-7 was actually the darling of this display. No other CX-7 in the MazdaSpeed booth could come close to the Adrenaline concept in terms of presence, which sounds about right considering the design director in charge of its build was Frank von Holzhausen, the designer behind the amped up Kabura concept that debuted at the 2006 Detroit auto show. The Adenaline's exterior features a completely new front clip with a raised hood element containing two vents. The headlight clusters are all new, too. The CUV is droped on a JTC coil-over suspension setup that takes the lower front fascia with its two Modena-like air intakes and new chin spoiler right to the show floor. The whole exterior is awash in color shifting yellow paint from Nippon that fades to white in the light. MazdaSpeed brought the Zoom-Zoom too by dropping in a Rhys Millen-modified version of the CX-7's turbo-four that produces 300 horsepower, which we imagine is the bare min needed to twist those 22-inch EXE wheels. Brembo brakes take the edge off of when things get out of hand, and credit must be given for the installation of a six-speed manual transmission so you can row your own boat. Mazda Design North American also redid the interior with new leather seat coverings, a built-in iPod dock, DVD system, new gauges, and floor covering. The Adrenaline was a nice surprise from the boys and girls at MazdaSpeed, as the team hadn't released info on their plans prior to the event.

Follow the jump for more pics and a complete listing of modifications for the Mazda Adrenaline.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      wow...very nicely done. love the rear hatch design especially.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Incredible. This probably shows Mazda is thinking about a Mazdaspeed CX-7.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it looks great! I like the headlights and taillights especially.....AND GI JOE/#2 that has nothing to do with autos/mazda.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Get back to work and stop hittin' on the girls Fronz!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very very nice! I especially love the reshaped headlamp.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mazda is great at designing front fascias and it shows here.......
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice, very fu... nice.

      #1 That would be awesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Six speed manual. Nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      from 1, 2 and 3 pictures: dont like the shape of the area around the fog lights, also dont like the shape of the air mask in front[ down of the mazda logo 'black' area](excuse my engish). also i dont like in pictures 4 and 5 the shape of the 5th door and the non back lights on it. my oppinion is these elements have to redesigned, or add new ones.
      But specialy the amazing front lights, the sky roof which should exist to all cx-7(at least as an option), the fantastic part you see on 8 photo of the front top of the car, wheels steers and everything other inside and outside of the car gives an air of a super car.
      Also this current yellow color [inside and outside] it is not my taste. It would be nice if chairs inside the car would have at least on the sides of them a aluminium or chrome or both separated, mettalic lines.

      But how about the engine? I know this has nothing to do withis current, but a hybrid version which is programmed from mazda to be to a Mazda Premacy Hydrogen, or having a new vankel 1600 cc , or at least a diesel one,All with computer drive machine options(for ports driving more gasoline or diesel, for normal , or for town using less)

      i am an owner of a Mazda Mx-3 and i love ZOOM-zoom mazda's cars feeling.

      [also i have designed an osx style theme for windows vista
      http://zeusosx.deviantart.com/art/ZEUS-os-X-ELIXIS-for-vista-75141906 and a new web site http://zeus.windowsedge.com/ ]
      Thank you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      like it. no, love it. if this was a mazdaspeed7, it would be the first one i would and could buy. impressive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 chill... all this progress on the other cars, while leaving the RX-8 behind seems to hint at the idea that: #1 the RX-8 is going to get revamped, or #2 the RX-7 "true" high-power sports coupe is coming (NOT roadster) seems to make more sense to me, as there has been some speculation in the car mags that the Kabura concept is headed towards the new RX-7. So in essence, why waste your time on a car that doesnt really have the enthusiast following that it wouldve liked, while you can regroup and come out with something truly remarkable. Mazda seems to be giving a lot of support to Mazdaspeed lately, so all these developements will be very interesting when it comes time to introducing a new real sports coupe. Besides, a sports car is probably going to be the least selling vehicle, and you can't spend money on developing one without selling enough of your other cars. Mazda is overdue for the perfect halo car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Like #5 said. Since 2003 (the launch of the Mazda6), Mazda has been focused on establishing itself and it's image in the marketplace with high-volume vehicles. And it has succeded with the 3 and 6. The three new larger vehicles (Mazda5, CX-7 and CX-9) are continuing to focus on the mass-market while the MX-5 is once again the class-leader. While all that went on, I doubt they had the funding/time to build the RX-9/RX-7. So they focused on the Mazdaspeeds.

      But I'm assuming within a year or so, with the new-gen Mazda6 out, they will once again focus on their flag-ship sports machine.

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