• Aug 22, 2007
The folks who bring us all the News from the Automotive world supplied Autoweek, their sister publication, details on what is to become of the Mazda lineup over the next three years. Most of it is predictable enough, including the new Mazda6, due to be unveiled in Frankfurt, the refresh of the Mazda3 and the possibility of bringing the Mazda2 Stateside at the turn of the decade.

What caught our interest was the news of a Mazdaspeed MX-5, which will predictably be packing the turbocharged 2.3-liter liter four-pot that currently resides in the Mazdaspeed3, albeit slightly detuned to efficiently package the radiator and intercooler.

The Kabura concept, based off of the MX-5 underpinnings, may still be in the cards, as long as the automaker can include Europe and/or Japan in the production plans. Revisions would have to be made to the existing platform, but we suspect that it wouldn't take much to lengthen the wheelbase, slap on some new body panels and make the fixed-roof version of the Miata that we've longed for.

Also mentioned in the article was the forthcoming redesign of the RX-8, likely to bow sometime in 2009 or 2010, along with a new CX-5 which will likely draw cues from the Kuga concept set to be shown by Ford next month in Frankfurt. The only glaring omission: no mention of an RX-7 revival -- bummer.

[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 7 Years Ago

      I think that Subaru should take lessons from Mazda on how to design great looking cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      MSP3 engine driving the correct wheels?!?!?! SWEET! the only thing I'm worried about is the price.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll get this out of the way right now, I'm a huge Mazda fanboy. They have always built the most fun cars to drive bar none. Besides the RX7, they finally hit there designs to match the great cars starting in 2001.

      But is the Kabura really needed? They already have a hard top convert for the MX-5. I don't see it becoming anything unless it is the future RX7, or even something else, RX6? Whatever.

      The RX8 is a dream of a car. Absolutely beautiful, now if they'd only turbocharge it from the factory and have a Mazdaspeed version, then I'd be all set.

      Oh, and I've owned 4, soon to be 5 Mazdas, waiting for the 2008 Mazda5.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The kabura is meant to be an inexpensive RWD coupe.

        Hyundai is making one, Ford has one, Toyota and Nissan are making noises about bringing theirs back.... If Mazda released the Kabura it would undoubtedly look the best, and very likely outperform them while costing about the same.

        I don't want a miata, because I often take more than one other person and their stuff with me in the car, and the RX-8 is too expensive and gas-hungry.

        I have a mazda3 and love it. The kabura strikes me as being a mazda3 minus one seat with rear wheel drive: a trade-off I would be more than willing to take and pay $20,000 for in another 3 or 4 years... especially if it looks anything like the concept.

        If Mazda doesn't make it, I'll have to see if the next RX-8 doesn't eat as much gas... otherwise I'll probably just get another companies RWD vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kabura! Kabura!! In the immortal words of Wayne: Schwing!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They don't need to resurrect the 7, just twin-turbo the 8 for God's sake. It's perfect in every other way. I love my 8.

      Just give me another 100 ponies...
      Andrew
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Kabura designed to fit a rotary engine. I remember an interview in Road and Tracka while back with the designer and they were saying it was the RX-7 replacement, if it ever happened.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        [quote]I don't want a miata, because I often take more than one other person and their stuff with me in the car, and the RX-8 is too expensive and gas-hungry.[/quote]

        Have you gone to test drive one? I went last year, and the guy threw me about 5-6k off the sticker price, and 0.9% financing, pretty much as soon as I got back from the test drive, he then called me the next day and offered another thousand off. Unfortunatly, while the car is awesome, looks unique, its not really great on gas, and doesn't have enough low-end power ... i ended up with a 350Z. Still, if you don't mind taking the resale hit, I bet you could get one really cheaply ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      To Ivey League, would you please stop with the ignorance that you constantly display on practically every message board. You say the domestics use old technology while the imports only use new. Well, ur precious brand new Mazda 6 will be using the Ford 3.5 L, and the Mazdaspeed version may use the 3.7 (still from Ford). Inversly, Ford uses many Mazda platforms, so calling Ford old, is calling Mazda old.

      About the story, I dearly hope that the Kabura comes to fruition. However, if it does not have a rotary engine, it won't have an RX name, therefore RX-7 is out the window. If it's based on the MX-5 platform, my guess for the name would either be MX-6 or MX-7. I don't think this car could come in under 20k. I'd like to see it start right at 20k, with a Mazdaspeed version going for 26k. This would mirror Mustang prices, which Ford may not allow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Totally difference driving experience. We're talking about 2500 lbs coupe v. a 4000 lbs thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Devin: I've read on wikipedia (a spurious source at best, I know) that the Kabura will be considered the MX-4 (makes sense, enforces the thinking that it will be A. not rotary and B. slotted between the 3 and MX-5)
        • 7 Years Ago
        size wise however, it would slot in between the MX-5 and the RX-8, so that's how I came up with the numbers 6 or 7. Again, i'm just speculating.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you look back at previous Mazda6 news you'll see I say this time and time again. The new Mazda6 will use an all Mazda 3.7L engine. Mazda will not ship 3.5L engines to Japan just to build these cars. Look what they did with the CX9. From a valuable Mazda source, the engine options will be a 3.7L and 2.5L.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man... I can't wait for the Kabura, if they really go ahead with it. I just bought my Mazda3 a month ago, and I love it so much. The only car that was really making my buying decision difficult was the prospect of a MX-5. However, the trunk is too small for my photography lighting gear. If the Kabura were available now, my buying choice would have been a LOT more difficult... a compact, affordable, stylish, RWD coupe, set on one of the most fun-to-drive platforms out there. Sounds good to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      KABURA!!!!

      I have wanted one since seeing pictures of the concept.

      I have an NB miata in the garage, and a coupe with a glass roof, that a 6'2" guy can fit in, that handles like a sports car should, with flexibile seating for 2-3 other passengers, sounds fantastic.

      Turbo engine is a big bonus, although I can't agree more that Subaru should take this lesson. The other car in the garage is a Legacy GT turbo, and the tuned subaru engine is fantastic, and more powerful, and lower CG than the mazdaspeed turbo engine.

      If Subaru and Mazda both made a car like the kabura, I would have a real hard time deciding which to buy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I absolutely love Mazda's current design language! Thier cars are modern, flowing and down right sexy. Istead of lazily using OLD car designs (I'm talkin 'bout you big 2.869564158), Mazda is progressive and original is thier designs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree. There is no point for a Kabura-type car. The PRHT MX-5 is something along those lines and the Mazdaspeed MX-5 is even more so! And then you have the awesome Mazdaspeed3 and the next-gen Mazdaspeed6. My suggestion? Power up the RX-8 for now and start development on an all-new "supercar".

        • 7 Years Ago
        I disagree that the kabura would cannabalize sales for every mazdaspeed vehicle. Each mazdaspeed has its own characteristics and features... ms3 is a hatch, ms6 is a sedan, and they're in different price ranges. The kabura might ding MX-5 sales a touch, but the mx-5 is a convertible, which probably drives most mx-5 sales (ask non-car people...most don't even know about its driving characteristics). A kabura would tap into demand for small, light, and affordable RWD coupe. It wouldn't have the utility of either the ms3 or ms6 so those attracted to the "4 doors, affordable, and fast" cars wouldn't be swayed by a small rwd coupe (but I bet they'd consider it).
        • 7 Years Ago
        WTF? No point in a Kabura? Are you on crack? There does not exist a compact RWD coupe in the USA. It's that simple. Not one compact coupe that's RWD. This is based on the Miata platform but because it has a roof, structurally it'll be tighter and lighter. Put those two concepts together, chief. A tight, lighter coupe-based MX-5 would be an insanely awesome driving car. It'll be everything the civic SI, Mazdaspeed3, GTI and Cooper want to be but can't because they're all driven by the wrong wheels. The Kabura is what the 1 series would have been 39 years ago. We're talking 2002 dimensions with 2008/09 technology. That's basically an orgasmatron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      MSP3 Motor in the MX5 hardop would run up on the track on alot of cars. If it is properly setup I could see this car easily in the 35k range.
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