The new model was named after the original Mazda concept car seen in Detroit in 2000 and was limited to a production run of just 500 cars. A magnesium steering frame, together with a lightweight carbon fiber prop shaft, was also added. A Tochigi Fuji torque vectoring limited-slip differential was added. Developed in two years, the class was designed to provide the cheapest way of going racing in a performance car. It was named on magazine's for 2004, 2005, and 2006. Best Sports Car, and several Best Car Awards. This victory also marks the 23rd endurance race win at Daytona by a Mazda rotary-powered race car.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a torque-sensing conical for improved handling. It was also awarded the Editors' Choice Award by in 2003. The rear suspension geometry was revised for better handling, and the final-drive-gear ratio on manual transmission cars was shortened from 4. The kit includes a roll bar, sports radiator, oil-cooler kit, tow hooks, and racing brake pads. The oil-metering pump was upgraded to provide more oil to the rotors.
A bespoke track-ready suspension with dampers and a urethane-foam-injected front suspension cross member was added. This car was jointly developed with motorsports company. It was available in Metropolitan Grey, Dark Blue, or Brilliant Black exterior paint. Archived from on 11 September 2010. The most significant mechanical change were slightly revised and suspension cross member injected with urethane foam to improve ride quality. A tyre upgrade was also available, swapping the Bridgestone's for higher performance extreme summer tyres.
The automatic models could be specified with the manual transmission model's bucket seats and 19-inch wheels. There were three trims available to consumers from 2009 to 2012: Sport, Grand Touring, and R3. Other racing series include the in the Street Tuner class. Archived from on 15 July 2011. The revelation though, added stiffer anti-roll bars, foam-filled cross members and special edition grey spoke alloys.
The front suspension uses and the rear suspension is. Inside, the Evolve features unique stone leather and alcantara sporty seat trim, plus black leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and hand-brake lever. The rotary engine had financial advantages to Japanese consumers in that the engine displacement remained below 1. Some models came with red leather seats with white stitching. It also had wheels of a new design that were later incorporated in the 2009 facelift, however the tinted colour of the wheels remained exclusive to the 40th Anniversary Edition. Refinements for the 2009 model year included a more aggressive restyled front and rear bumper as well as a new front fascia.
While the cars are powered by the 20B rotary engines, the car is in fact built on a chassis and not on the production car. Mazda reworked a lot of the engine and related electronics in order to enable the engine to have the highest amount of peak power. Mazda claims that more than 40 percent of their buyers were car collectors. Each Nemesis buyer also qualified for a complimentary experience day. Marketed as a more luxurious grand touring model, it came with Black Cherry and pearl white Mica exterior colour and Parchment leather and suede interior along with subtly chromed 18-inch wheels. Archived from on 28 April 2009. It also came with xenon headlights with chrome bezels, while being the first Mazda sold in Australia with keyless entry and start.
The rest of the body is made of steel, except for the plastic front and rear bumpers. Archived from on 16 July 2011. In North America, this special edition was available only in 2008. No electric sunroof was offered in the R3 model. Mazda has produced 192,094 units since 2003.
Exclusive sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein dampers were added along with an enhanced urethane foam injected front cross member intended to improve steering feel. It is the successor to the and, like its predecessors in the range, it is powered by a rotary. These include a choice of two exclusive exterior colours Copper Red Mica 400 and Phantom Blue Mica 100 , unique dark silver 18 × 8J alloy wheels, a polished aluminium Rotary crest on the front air dam, dark silver bezel headlamps, sports door mirrors, polished aluminium side air outlet fins, Rotary branded B-pillar trims, chrome exhaust surrounds. Archived from on 25 April 2006. The North American version came in Metropolitan Grey Mica exterior colour with the interior clad in special Cosmo Red leather. The 2009 R3 package added slightly improved suspension over the base model by adding Bilstein shock absorbers and a foam filled front crossmember to improve rigidity.
The 40th anniversary special editions were different in the Japan and North American markets. The Japanese version came in Marble White as a homage to the Mazda Cosmo Sport, which was initially only available in white. Mazda chose not to install the 2. It was first shown in 2001 at the. It was available in two colours, Galaxy Grey 380 and Brilliant Black 420.