The Mazda AZ-1 was first introduced in 1992. It is a subcompact two-door sports car from the Japanese automaker, and was designed to be an affordable sports car option for young drivers. It featured a number of performance enhancements, including a mid-mounted engine and rear wheel drive layout that improved the handling of the vehicle. It also featured an advanced aerodynamic design that helped increase fuel efficiency, as well as a lightweight chassis for improved acceleration and braking.
The AZ-1 was powered by a 657 cc triple-rotor Wankel engine, which produced 63 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain allowed the car to reach a top speed of 112 mph and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 10 seconds. It also featured a limited-slip differential, as well as MacPherson struts suspension system at both the front and rear.
The Mazda AZ-1 came equipped with a number of features, such as an adjustable driver’s seat, power windows, air conditioning and an audio system. It was also available with optional four-wheel disc brakes, as well as a luxurious leather interior package. Read more
The Mazda AZ-1 achieved moderate success upon its release and sold over 10,000 units in Japan. Despite its popularity at the time, production of the vehicle ended in 1994 due to its high cost of production. Today, the Mazda AZ-1 is a highly sought after collector’s car, with its value having significantly increased over the years. It remains one of Mazda's most iconic models and a symbol of innovation in automotive design.