Mazda might be doing some cool things right now, but I wonder what would happen if it looked into its past. Specifically, I think Mazda should point the rear-view mirror back to 1988 and create a modern version of the 323 GTX AWD.
Back in the mid-1980s, Mazda experimented with Group A rally racing, which meant its race car needed to have a production version with at least 5,000 copies available to the public.
The resulting vehicle should have been a superstar.
Instead it languished in the U.S. market and sold just over 1,400 copies over 2 years. The rest, presumably, were sold overseas, and the 323 GTX got axed after the 1989 model year.
As Mazda gears up for an all-new brand campaign, I think the time is right to resurrect the car that really should’ve become a legend.