By Otsile Kadiege
Mazda recently lifted the veil off a stunning concept sports car called the Iconic SP. The Japanese automaker says the Iconic SP is a new type of compact sports car concept, designed to adopt to the new era and respond to customers who “love cars” and “desire a car that simply embodies the joy of driving”.
Two-rotor rotary EV system
At the heart of the Iconic SP concept is Mazda’s unique two-rotor rotary EV system, which utilizes a highly scalable rotary engine that can burn various fuels such as hydrogen, generates electricity with carbon-neutral fuel. Batteries are charged by recyclable energy source and the two-rotor rotary engine, used for power generation, is powered by carbon-neutral fuel.
The the Iconic SP has a maximum power output of 370 ps (272 kW). It weighs 1 450 kg and has a power to weight ratio of 3.9. Mazda says the high output generated by the two-rotor rotary EV system, the proportions of the lower center of gravity, and the weight distribution of around 50:50 achieve excellent driving performance.
The Iconic SP has an attractive exterior design which has a modernised retro look to it. Highlights include a Viola Red paint smooth surfaces, curved haunches, large five-spoke, dual-tone wheels, a large radiator with an illuminated Mazda logo on the centre and headlights with what looks like retractable covers.
The exterior dimensions of the Iconic SP are as follows:
Length: 4 180 mm
Width: 1 850 mm
Height: 1 150 mm
Wheelbase: 2 590 mm
Sporty, minimalist interior
Like most production Mazda cars, the two-seater cabin of the Mazda Iconic SP is modern and minimalist. The interior is littered with navy blue-like suede inserts on the dashboard, door panels and the centre console. It also has red contrast stitching, modern bucket seats, an unconventional gear selector, a three-spoke steering wheel with shift pedals, a digital instrument cluster and a landscape infotainment touch display.
Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO made the following comment: “Mazda will always deliver vehicles that remind people that cars are pure joy and an indispensable part of their lives. 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.”
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