Four new concept cars from Mazda shown at Las Vegas show
Darren Moss
6 November 2013

Mazda has shown four concepts, based around its motorsport activities, at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The four concept cars, two based around the new Mazda 3 and two on the Mazda 6 saloon, have been styled to show a more aggressive stance and a more abrasive design language.

Two Club Sport concepts start off the lineup, with both Mazda 3 and 6 models getting bespoke paintwork and subtle bodywork changes.

The Club Sport 6 concept is fitted with a 2.2-litre SkyActiv diesel engine, with a power output of 173bhp and 310lb ft of torque. That same engine has already seen use in motorsport in the US.

The exterior of the concept has a custom-designed aerodynamic bodywork kit which features front, side and rear diffusers alongside a rear spoiler. The concept sits on bespoke tyres and 20-inch wheels. Mazda has also upgraded the suspension system with performance pars, as well as adding racing brakes and a new racing exhaust system.

Meanwhile, the Club Sport 3 Concept features many of the same enhancements as the 6 but gets more robust design features. The exterior is finished in bespoke paintwork with club sport graphics, with metallic exterior trim in places. A new aerodynamic body kit has been added, which will be available worldwide for all new Mazda 3 models in 2014. 

The Club Sport 3 concept is powered by a 2.5-litre SkyAtiv-G petrol engine and attached to the same six-speed manual transmission used in the CX-5 compact SUV. A new limited-slip differential has also been fitted to provide more torque from the engine. The concept also uses upgraded suspension, braking and exhaust systems with bespoke 20-inch wheels.

Inside, the concept has a red leather interior with black leather trim.

Alongside the two Club Sport concepts Mazda is also showing its Vector 3 concept car. Again based on the Mazda 3, the Vector 3 features a new take on Mazda's Kodo design language with new paintwork. It sits on a pair of 19-inch wheels, and Mazda says it has again upgraded the suspension and braking systems.

Finally, Mazda also has its Ceramic 6 concept on display. Based on the Mazda 6, the concept features similar styling to the Vector 3 concept, but features bespoke paintwork with silver vinyl accents. The interior is again coated in leather with new front seat inserts and various trim upgrades.

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6 November 2013
Mazda really do make some great looking cars these days. Now all they need is an engine or 2 with some power. An MPS version, or better still a V6 (it will never happen, sadly)

7 November 2013
Externally the latest generation designs are super attractive, making premium sector competitors look dumpy in comparison. If the interiors were as attractive as Audi or Volvo however, I'd be buying shares, never mind the cars! That Mazda 3 saloon, which I guess we won't see in the UK, looks even better than the 6. Very tasty.

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