2011 Mazda Mazda2

Started on Sept. 1, 2011, 5:05 p.m.

With a spec sheet straight out of 1988, this 100 horsepower, 2200 pound hatchback is a great reminder of how much fun driving a slow car fast can be, so why not take it out to an autocross or HPDE event? We think this plucky little econobox has the potential to surprise. It's also a great commuter and family runabout, delivering over 30 mpg from every tank of gas so far.

The only question is which class of SCCA Autocross should we play the underdog in? H Stock is an option, but we're also interested in seeing gains from your standard Street Touring modifications-an intake here, cat back exhaust there, add shocks and a few weight saving modifications and who knows what can happen? The Mazda2 (also known as the Mazda Demio in some markets.) has a surprising motorsport pedigree, capturing victories in Gymkhana and Rally competition in Japan and Australia.

2011 Mazda Mazda2 Specs

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Body type:Wagon
Country of origin:Japan
Original price: $14100
Purchase price:$14100
Displacement:1500cc
Stock horsepower:100 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:90 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Suspension:MacPherson Strut (front)
Twist beam (rear)
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 x 100
Body width:66.7 in.
Curb weight:2256 lbs.
Wheelbase:98.0 in.
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2011 Mazda Mazda2 Specs

Body type:Wagon
Country of origin:Japan
Original price: $14100
Purchase price:$14100
Displacement:1500cc
Stock horsepower:100 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:90 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Suspension:MacPherson Strut (front)
Twist beam (rear)
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 x 100
Body width:66.7 in.
Curb weight:2256 lbs.
Wheelbase:98.0 in.
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