Mazda Kabura

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Mazda Kabura at the Montreal Auto Show

Presentation year: 2006
Vehicle fair: NAIAS
Class : Sports car
Body shape : Coupe
Engine: Otto engine :
2.0 liters (110 kW)
Length: 4050 mm
Width: 1780 mm
Height: 1280 mm
Wheelbase: 2550 mm
Production model: none

The Mazda Kabura is a concept vehicle that the Japanese car manufacturer Mazda introduced in 2006.


Introduced at the North American International Auto Show in 2006, the Kabura is a small sports car designed to represent the styling and technology of future production models. It was designed in at Mazda of North America in Irvine (California) by Franz von Holzhausen , who had also designed the Audi TT and the Pontiac Solstice .

The Kabura has a front engine and rear-wheel drive like the MX-5 and RX-8 , as well as constructive echoes of the RX-8 and the discontinued MX-3 . Instead of the typical 2 + 2 layout, the Kabura offers an unusual 3 + 1 arrangement, which gives it more space for passengers than a classic coupé without increasing size or weight. All passenger seats can be folded down to create additional space for luggage.

The name Kabura is derived from the Japanese kabura-ya , an arrow that makes a howling sound when in flight, and which was used in medieval battles in Japan as a signal to start the battle. This "first arrow of the battle" is intended to represent Mazda's pursuit of unique styling themes and technologies - such as the rotary engine . The Kabura shows Mazda's first compact coupe of the 21st century. Mazda has not announced its intention to build the Kabura in series, but its design shows many details that Mazda could use in a small series coupé. One of the intentions of Kabura is to show a possible style for future models.

The rear wheels of the Kabura are driven by a 2.0 liter version of the Mazda MZR DOHC engine with 16 valves. The car has Bridgestone Potenza size 245 / 35R19 tires at the front and 245 / 35R20 tires at the rear. The concept vehicle has many chassis components from the MX-5, but its basic dimensions are between the MX-3 and the RX-8.

Outer skin

The exterior of the Kabura is described as a broad and powerful position with accentuated wheel arches and smooth surfaces reminiscent of classic coupés. The windshield and the front part of the roof form a frameless glass surface that extends from the bulkhead to the B-pillars. The tint of the parts of this glass surface arranged overhead can be set by the driver with a rotary knob from clear to completely opaque .

A two-part, glass tailgate is located behind the B-pillars. Their top part usually lies flat. If it is set up by an electric motor, it serves as a roof spoiler, at the same time draws air from the interior and increases the head space for the rear seat passengers. Integrated solar cells help lower the interior temperature and also charge a battery for servo drives. The larger glass flap is hinged on the side and provides access to the trunk of the Kabura.

inner space

The unusual 3 + 1 design of the interior is intended to provide comfortable seats for one or two passengers to the right of the driver, with the fourth " folding seat " behind the driver only being used when necessary.

The driver's door gives access to the driver's seat and the rear folding seat. The other side of the car is designed asymmetrically. The glove compartment has been omitted and the instrumentation has been kept as small as possible, so that the front passenger seat is about 15 cm further forward than the driver's seat. The second passenger, who sits behind the front passenger, has roughly the same space for legs, shoulders and head as the front passenger. The Kabura has a second half-door behind the passenger door, which makes it easier for the second passenger to get in. After opening the passenger door, the rear half door can be moved into the rear fender with a switch instead of folding outwards.

The interior of the Kabura concept vehicle is covered with regenerated leather substrate, which comes mainly from industrial waste from the production of Nike sports shoes .

Technical specifications

  • Length: 4050 mm
  • Width: 1780 mm
  • Height: 1280 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2550 mm
  • Seats: four (3 + 1 seats)
  • Engine: MZR 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve with 150 PS (110 kW)
  • Transmission: six-speed, manual
  • Front / rear suspension: double wishbone / multi-link
  • Front tires: 245/35 R19
  • Rear tires: 245/35 R20

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