Introduced at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show, the Mazda MX3 is a four-seat coupe that is unique for its kammback body style. The kammback design was developed by German Aerodynamicist Wunibald Kamm during the 1930s. Cars with this particular style tend to have a body with a smooth contour that is abruptly cut off by its tail. This drastically reduces the drag of a vehicle, making it more aerodynamic and built for speed. Here’s a quick glance at the changes and transformations that occurred in the Mazda MX3 through the years.
The MX3 was designed by Takeshi Arakawa in 1988, and it was created based on Mazda’s EC platform, which shares a lot of characteristics with the BG platform. It was released to the market just a few months after it was showcased in Geneva. And during its first few years, it was powered by either a single-cam 1.6 L I4 or a twin-cam V6 engine. In 1994, the DOHC engines were upgraded to B6D engines, and this made provided a considerable increase in terms of power. As a result of this new engine, sales of V6-powered MX3 models dropped, forcing Mazda to pull them out from the American market.
MX3 trims and technologies
During its lifetime, the MX3 was made available in two trim levels—RS and GS. RS models were sold in North America from 1991 to 1996 while GS cars were available from 1992 to 1994. The MX3 GS that was sold in America was considered the best of its class in terms of handling. In fact, it had a turning rate of 0.89 g or 8.7 m/s2). It also boasted an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds and it was also able to travel a quarter of a mile in just 16.4 seconds. In terms of its powertain, MX3 V6 engines featured a Variable Length Intake Manifold, which used intake resonance to provide optimal torque. The rear suspension of MX3s, on the other hand, utilized the Twin-Trapezoidal Link technology, which was created to be responsive, to minimize body lean, and to provide a smooth ride all throughout.
Special edition MX3
In Canada, a limited edition MX3 GS model was offered in 1993 to celebrate the brand’s 25th year in the country. This prompted the company to release a Special Edition MX 3 GS in the United States as well. This model was powered by a V6 engine and it was also furnished with leather seats, steering wheels, and shift knobs. It was also offered in rare colors like Raspberry Metallic, Blaze Red, Brilliant Black, and Laguna Blue.
MX3 in other countries
The Mazda MX3 was not exclusively released in North America. However it was known by other names in other parts of the world. For instance, it was sold as the Eunos 30X in Australia and it was known as the Mazda AZ3 in Japan.