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Mazda at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

The Miata, the rotary motor, the Super Chanter

Feb 25, 2016

We can't remember the last time we were this excited for Mazda. The obvious is the 2016 Mazda Miata that's been in the market long enough for JDM tuners to have body kits, suspension upgrades, and turbos. Rotary is making a comeback in the new Mazda RX-Vision, which looks phenomenal.

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Chances are we won't ever get tired of seeing widebody RX-7s built by rotary rockstar Isami Amemiya, but the number one stunner at the RE Amemiya booth had to be the Mazda Chantez. They are calling it the "Super Chanter" the word chanter in French means to sing. Originally the Chantez was supposed to get a rotary motor, but allegedly other kei car manufacturers complained and felt it was unfair. Sadly, Mazda went with a 360cc 2 stroke engine. Amemiya San did what was originally intended for the car and swapped in a 280hp 13B.

Of course this is only the tipping point. Tokyo Auto Salon shines light on the trends that are only to come and Mazda is kicking butts and taking names.

Jofel Tolosa
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