2011 SEMA Show: Mazda Turbo2 brings more Zoom-Zoom into a little car

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 2, 2011

Mazda has introduced the Turbo2 today at the 2011 SEMA Show, which offers an even better performance than the Mazda2 presented to the North American market last year. Mazda2 was known as Zoom-Zoom Concentrated but the Turbo2 certainly deserves its tag as Zoom-Zoom Concentrated, Extra Strength.

The powerful and practical Turbo2 is powered by a MAZDASPEED3 MZR 2.3-liter Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo engine. When the engine is started, it produces a growling sound that pulsates through the cockpit and on to the feet. The Turbo2 is a five-passenger subcompact that has a flexible storage and seating capacity.

Turbo2 is often described as the spunky and sporty little Mazda. It comes with an HR coil over suspension kit, Corksport sway bars and customized Brembo front brakes with 13-inch ventilated as well as slotted rotors. The rear brakes are unchanged and are still the stock parts from Mazda.

It is equipped with black and shiny 17-inch OZ Racing wheels that are wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN Neova 215/40R17 performance tires. A Brilliant Black finish is used on the vibrant Sonic White tri-coat exterior. It’s also seen on the lower panels, wheel arches, side skirts and lower front fascia. The Turbo2’s compact and sleek structure is emphasized with the use of one-of-a-kind bright green and neon yellow graphics and trim pieces.

Its exterior has a pleasant and vibrant theme that mirrors that of the interior, which feature Katzin black leather seats that have Barracuda Yellow perforated leather inserts and Sunrise Yellow seat piping. Star West made the customized floor mats and its dash gets an AiM Pista MXL digital racing performance and data acquisition display.

Targeting the North American market, Mazda will soon launch the first affordable yet stylish Mazda 2. Mazda’s engineering team has always been moved by the brand’s MX5 model. So maybe this is why the new Mazda 2 is designed and assembled from scratch to bring out the roadster’s spirit of performance.

As we look back, the subcompact car was initially introduced in Australia, Japan and Europe. Since 2007 until today, Mazda 2 has earned a sensational reputation and was granted a total of 48 automotive recognitions worldwide. In fact, there have been over 370,000 units sold in the last 3 years.

“Car of the Year” award actually came from five different countries. Mazda 2 was recognized in Greece, Bulgaria, Chile, and New Zealand and of course in Japan. Moreover, the 2008 New York International Auto Show’s “World Car of The Year” award also went to the same vehicle model.

This highly efficient compact car is the newest member in Mazda’s small car segment. Almost everyone anticipates how the Mazda 2 will show off the brand’s higher level of class similar to Mazda 3’s remarkable success in the C-category. Now for those who couldn’t wait, the 2011 5-door, eco-friendly hatchback is expected to be launched toward the end of 2010’s summer season.

Topics: sema show, mazda, mazda2

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