The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the staple of the automotive community, the roadster that redefined all roadsters for the modern era. Since it bowed in 1989, automakers have been trying to capitalize on the niche market Mazda had carved out for itself, though many, like the BMW Z3 and Z4 and Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky have failed.
Rumor has it—try to get that song out of your head now—that a new Mazdaspeed 3 will be bowing soon to satisfy our automotive loins. When the Mazdaspeed 3 disappeared into the night without even a goodbye kiss, many were worried if we would see it again. Now, rumors are swirling that the new Mazda 3 is already receiving a refresh in 2016, and a Mazdaspeed version will drop for the 2017 model year.
Allegedly, an RX-7 will bow in 2017, which marks the semicentennial of Mazda’s first rotary powered car, the Mazda Cosmo Sport. An RX-9 is then supposed to come in 2020, celebrating the automaker’s 100th anniversary.
Welcome to day two of our continued coverage of the 2013 SEMA show from the land of excess, Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’ve already run through our day 1 coverage, featuring what SEMA is and why it’s one of the most important and celebrated industry-only events for the automotive world.
Back in April, we covered the Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack, where we sponsored the Domestic Class Winner. When we first arrived, we noticed all the usual high-powered American suspects—Ford GTs, Camaros, Mustangs, and Corvettes—but one car in particular stood out. We were positive that the Twin Turbo Ford GT nicknamed the “Black Mamba” would be the car to beat and also the one we featured. We couldn’t have been more wrong.