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Mazda Iconic SP: this cuddly sports car will 'save' hydrogen - AutoReview.nl

The Mazda Iconic SP shows what Mazda's plans are for a new sports car. The emphasis is on the design and the engine. It will also give driving on hydrogen a big boost.

Mazda's heart is in the right place. The Japanese simply want to build a sports car that offers driving pleasure for people who love cars. And red is Mazda's favorite color.

Mazda Iconic SP: lower than an MX-5

The Mazda Iconic SP is a concept car for that sports car. It is red, has two doors and measures 4.18 meters long and 1.15 meters high. That makes it 26 cm longer and 8 cm lower than one Mazda MX-5.

Speaking of sporty proportions: according to Mazda, the Iconic SP has been deliberately designed in such a way that it exudes that it drives great. This is due, for example, to the strikingly low hood. The engine is placed further back. And there is something special going on with that engine.

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Rotary motor plus electric motor

Mazda is stubborn and gives its new sports car a rotary engine (!) in combination with an electric motor. The plug-in hybrid powertrain produces approximately 370 hp. That makes it almost 100 hp stronger than its unofficial predecessor with a rotary engine, the Mazda RX-7.

Rotary motors are known for their virtually vibration-free running. And compared to a traditional four-stroke combustion engine, a rotary engine has another major advantage: it is much more compact. This way, Mazda can place it low and in the middle of the car. This gives the Iconic SP a low center of gravity and almost ideal weight distribution.




Mazda Iconic SP likes hydrogen

In addition, this rotary engine runs on different fuels. Mazda cites hydrogen as an example. If so, suddenly a great responsibility rests on the broad shoulders of this cuddly sports car.

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Because things are not really going well with hydrogen as a fuel for cars. This desirable Mazda can solve the classic chicken-and-egg problem. What came first: hydrogen filling stations or the hydrogen car? A red Mazda sports car with a rotary engine...

Mazda of course already sells a plug-in hybrid with a rotary engine. You can read how that works below.


This post was last modified on October 25, 2023 12:09 pm

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