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Mazda has taken the wraps off a stunning concept it calls the Iconic SP, it's not unlike what we'd envision for a future MX-5. The concept uses a twin-rotor hybrid powertrain to provide a glimpse into the distinctive two-door's future, and it's being showcased at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show.




In terms of real dimensions, the Iconic SP leans closer to an RX-7 successor rather than a new take on the miniature MX-5. Spanning 101.9 inches long, it's a whopping 10 inches longer than the existing MX-5, and its complicated powertrain means that it weighs a hefty 3,196 lbs. However, Mazda insists that this is a preview of the next Miata, and the concept's growth spurt proves that improving on a classic is no easy task.





Mazda bills the Iconic SP's powertrain as a "two-rotor EV system," though it also supports alternative fuels such as hydrogen, and its hybrid nature allows for a fully electric mode. The concept's versatility expands to serving as a backup power generator, with Mazda boasting that it can provide enough electricity to last a family for over a week. While details on the battery pack and electric motors are scarce, we do know that the powertrain produces a total of 365 hp.


Putting the mechanical bits aside, the Iconic SP makes an eye-popping impression in usual Mazda fashion. Its appearance is only elevated with its vibrant Viola Red exterior paint, which accompanies its smooth surfaces well. Mazda applied its usual philosophy of restraint, lending the Iconic SP a simple, timeless look. The beauty is in the details, with the concept featuring a modernized set of pop-up headlights, and its smiley-face grille pays homage to the beloved past iterations of the Miata.





"Mazda will always deliver vehicles that remind people that cars are pure joy and an indispensable part of their lives,” said Masahiro Moro, representative director, president and chief executive at Mazda. "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 enrich life-in-motion for those we serve."


Styling aside, do you think this would be a fitting MX-5 replacement?

Image Credits: Mazda
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Oct 27, 2023
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Mazda Iconic SP Concept Is A Beautiful Take On The Hybrid Sports Car

The stunning two-door could provide some insight for the next-generation MX-5.

Mazda has taken the wraps off a stunning concept it calls the Iconic SP, it's not unlike what we'd envision for a future MX-5. The concept uses a twin-rotor hybrid powertrain to provide a glimpse into the distinctive two-door's future, and it's being showcased at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show.




In terms of real dimensions, the Iconic SP leans closer to an RX-7 successor rather than a new take on the miniature MX-5. Spanning 101.9 inches long, it's a whopping 10 inches longer than the existing MX-5, and its complicated powertrain means that it weighs a hefty 3,196 lbs. However, Mazda insists that this is a preview of the next Miata, and the concept's growth spurt proves that improving on a classic is no easy task.





Mazda bills the Iconic SP's powertrain as a "two-rotor EV system," though it also supports alternative fuels such as hydrogen, and its hybrid nature allows for a fully electric mode. The concept's versatility expands to serving as a backup power generator, with Mazda boasting that it can provide enough electricity to last a family for over a week. While details on the battery pack and electric motors are scarce, we do know that the powertrain produces a total of 365 hp.


Putting the mechanical bits aside, the Iconic SP makes an eye-popping impression in usual Mazda fashion. Its appearance is only elevated with its vibrant Viola Red exterior paint, which accompanies its smooth surfaces well. Mazda applied its usual philosophy of restraint, lending the Iconic SP a simple, timeless look. The beauty is in the details, with the concept featuring a modernized set of pop-up headlights, and its smiley-face grille pays homage to the beloved past iterations of the Miata.





"Mazda will always deliver vehicles that remind people that cars are pure joy and an indispensable part of their lives,” said Masahiro Moro, representative director, president and chief executive at Mazda. "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 enrich life-in-motion for those we serve."


Styling aside, do you think this would be a fitting MX-5 replacement?

Image Credits: Mazda

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