Mazda and motorsports are synomous. Since the firm’s creation, it’s always been interested in breeding its cars on track, with rigorous testing to improving its vehicles.
Mazda knows this. In fact, it says, “one seemingly cannot live without the other – less yin and yang and more peas and carrots,” apparently. Which is why its showing two new concepts based on the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 at the 2013 SEMA modified car and tuning show.
First up is the Mazda 3 Club Sport concept. This car gets a motorsports-inspired motif of “neutral greys, blacks and reds represented in not-so-subtle angular lines reminiscent of a car speeding past your line of sight.”
The Club Sport 3 is powered by Mazda’s 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, pushing out 184hp.
Mated to the Japanese firm’s six-speed manual gearbox from the Mazda CX5 crossover, the gearing is actually 20% shorter than the standard Mazda 3’s manual transmission, meaning it should be even more punchy when accelerating.
Don’t think this will come at the expense of efficiency though. As with all Skyactiv Mazdas, “right-sized” naturally aspirated not turbocharged downsized engines mean plenty of power and maximising efficiency from the available capacity.
The standard Mazda 3 hatchback returns an impressive 56.4mpg combined with 199g/km CO2 when fitted with the 100hp 1.5-litre petrol engine. Opt for the 150hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine and those figures get even better, with a frankly astonishing 72.4mpg combined and just 107g/km CO2 emissions.
Following the 3 is the Mazda 6 Club Sport concept – motive force here comes from that very 2.2-litre turbodiesel Skyactiv-D engine we’ve just mentioned, except it’s in the higher 175hp state of tune.
While it looks mean on the outside in its stealth black hue and gloss black wheels, there’s a plethora of accessories to improve performance.
The Mazda 6 Club Sport rides on 20-inch Rays 57 Motorsport alloy wheels with an H&R Suspension spring kit, taking car of wheel and body movement.
With 309lb ft of torque on tap from as little as 2,000rpm, mid-range clout is bound to be sensational, so Mazda has also equipped the car with six-piston Brembo brake calipers clamping 380mm discs – it should stop as well as it goes.
The brace of Club Sport concepts at SEMA are joined by the Mazda Vector 3 and the Mazda Ceramic 6 prototypes.
The Vector 3 “offers a different take on controlled aggression,” according to Mazda. Soul Red paint gives a sultry, intense look, while subtle “vector” shape graphics give a bit more visual stimulation.
The bodywork treatment is set of by a rather natty pair of Rays Volk Racing Original G25 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in sticky Yokohama S.drive tyres – again, there’s a Brembo brake kit to make the most of that grip, this time a four-piston setup with 365mm rotors.
The Mazda Ceramic 6 concept by contrast is a little more reserved. The Ceramic White bodywork is punctuated by Taupe Silver stripes. Huge 20-inch versions of the same alloys seen on the Vector 3 fill the Ceramic 6’s wheel arches, meaning the larger 380mm, six-piston Brembo brake kit can be fitted.
According to Mazda, the Ceramic 6’s interior resembles something from a Milan fashion studio, featuring soft leather, intricate stitching and cool weave patterns.
Would you like to see any of the features from Mazda’s four SEMA show concepts filter down to its standard road cars? Which one do you like best? Why not let us know on Twitter @twwhiteandsons or on our Facebook page .