The MX-5 (or Miata as it’s called state-side) is one of the most loved sports cars all over the world and Mazda is now reinventing it for the electric era with a gorgeous new pared-back design. Meet the ‘Iconic SP’, a compact sportscar that showcases Mazda’s vision for the future (emphasis on the word ‘compact’).
Before we dig into the technical details, the stunning lines of the Iconic SP must be discussed since it echoes the first-generation MX-5 with a lovely modern-day interpretation of pop-up headlamps. It is indeed one of the most beautiful concept cars that we’ve seen with the curved roofline to those haunches nicely draped over a compact sports car silhouette while a low centre of gravity has also been maintained.
Even the ‘Viola Red’ colour is pure Miata and those swan-like doors are also a nice touch. A 2,590mm wheelbase means there is ample space for two passengers but the cockpit has been kept fuss-free with a small touchscreen plus slider-like controls. The suede with red stitching matches the exterior paint shade and the digital instrument cluster also has a g-force meter.
Under the sculpted hood lies a twin rotary system where batteries are charged by a recyclable energy source and the two-rotor rotary engine, used for power generation, is fed by carbon-neutral fuel. Mazda hasn’t revealed the number of electric motors but we’d wager that this is a range extender hybrid of sorts with the rotary engine simply acting as a means to charge the battery.
The 50:50 weight distribution and the 370-odd horsepower with this powertrain should be enough for the Iconic SP to plaster a silly grin on our faces, which according to Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s representative director, president, and CEO, was precisely the point.
“Mazda will always deliver vehicles that remind people that cars are pure joy and an indispensable part of their lives,” Moro said. “As a car-loving company that mass-produces the inspiring mobility experience, we are committed to shaping the future with our partners sharing the same goal, as well as our fans, where everyone can proudly say, ‘we love cars.’ With such a strong will, Mazda is committed to enriching life-in-motion for those we serve.”
We hope this concept comes to life as the new generation MX-5 although it is a few years away, it does show that in addition to SUVs, car-makers like Mazda remain invested in developing sportscars.
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