2006 Mazda Kabura Concept
2006 Mazda Kabura Concept Specifications
|Brakes F/R:||ABS, vented disc/disc|
|Tires F-R:||245/35 R19 - 245/35 R20|
|Driveline:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Displacement cu in (cc):||122 (1999)|
|Power bhp (kW) at RPM:||150(110) / 6000|
|Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:||138(187) / 4500|
|Redline at RPM:||n.a.|
|Length × Width × Height in:||158 × 69.4 × 49.9|
|Weight lb (kg):||n.a.|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph s:||n.a.|
|Top Speed mph (km/h):||n.a.|
|Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):||n.a.|
Base Price: 2006 Mazda Kabura Concept - n.a. (last update: 3/27/2007)
Mazda Kabura to Redefine the Compact Sports Coupe
At the 2006 North American International Auto Show, Mazda is presenting Kabura, a design concept that ventures beyond the compact sports coupe norm to explore several fresh ideas that could appear in future production models.
To deliver the true "Soul of a Sportscar" that is the essence of every Mazda, Kabura incorporates the front-engine, rear-drive layout universally admired by driving enthusiasts and long delivered by Mazda's MX-5 and rotary-engined sportscars.
While this concept has been constructed over several MX-5 chassis components, basic dimensions fall between Mazda's MX-5 and RX-8 sportscars.
While Kabura's profile is reminiscent of classic coupes, the windshield and forward portion of the roof are integrated into one seamless glass surface that extends from the cowl to the B-pillar. Admitting extra light enhances the interior's feeling of airy space. Overhead portions of the glass have adjustable tinting so that the driver can twist a knob on bright days to change the roof's opacity, as desired, from clear to completely opaque.
Behind its B-pillar, Kabura has a two-piece glass hatch. The uppermost glass panel normally lies flush. When pivoted-up by an electric motor, the way ailerons rise out of an airplane wing, this panel serves three purposes: it acts as a roof spoiler, it vents air from the interior and it greatly augments the rear passengers' headroom. In addition, a photovoltaic solar cell in the panel helps to control ambient temperature as well as recharge the battery. The larger glass hatch panel has side-mounted hinges to provide ready access to Kabura's spacious cargo compartment.
Creative Interior Composition
A standard left-side door provides access to the driver's cockpit and the rear jump seat. The right side is a wholly different and purposely asymmetrical arrangement. Removing the glovebox and minimizing the instrument panel allowed designers to shift the front passenger six-inches ahead of the driver's seating position. In turn, the second passenger, sitting in tandem behind the right-front passenger, enjoys approximately the same leg, shoulder, and headroom.
To maintain a sleek roofline while offering rear access that's vastly superior to what's available in today's compact coupes, von Holzhausen's team designed Kabura with an extra right-side door. After the front door is opened, touching a button slides the bonus door straight back and out of the way.
Kabura: The First Arrow Launched Into Battle
"Kabura" is a Japanese term taken from "Kabura-ya", an arrow that makes a howling sound when fired and was historically used to signal the start of a battle. The "first arrow into battle" depicts Mazda's spirit of pursuing unique and exciting ventures - such as the rotary engine.