The Mazda Kabura Concept | Part Two

Reinvigorating the Affordable Coupe

"With Kabura, we set out to use innovative design to rekindle the passion for driving," notes von Holzhausen. "Our intention is to rouse the segment with some intravenous creativity. While we have no plans at the moment to build a production version of Kabura, it is not a complete flight of fancy. It embodies several innovations Mazda could implement when a compact sports coupe, steeped in Zoom-Zoom, is ready for production."

According to a recent survey performed by a major research organisation, Mazda’s new-car customers are the second youngest in North America, with an average age of only 41 years.

Generation-Y buyers are several steps ahead of the latest trends and constantly on the lookout for affordable possessions that satisfy their hunger for stylish, insightful and spirited designs. One of Kabura’s roles is exposing a likely future design direction to today’s demanding consumers.

Power is supplied to Kabura’s rear wheels by a 2.0-litre version of Mazda’s highly respected MZR DOHC 16-valve engine. Unusually, Kabura has different size wheels and tyres - 245/35 R19 Bridgestone Potenza at the front and 245/35 R20 at the rear. While this concept has been constructed over several Mazda MX-5 chassis components, basic dimensions fall between Mazda’s MX-5 and RX-8 sportscars.

Were the Kabura design study to achieve production status, it would likely be a stand-alone product rather than an extension of any existing model line.

continues... | Part Three
Published 11 January 2006 Melanie Carter

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