Mazda shows production-bound Demio Motor Sports concept

The Japanese-market Mazda2 counterpart is race ready.

Mazda has revealed a competition concept of the Demio at the 2015 Motor Sport Japan event, a racing festival in Tokyo.

Mazda has racing intentions with the latest generation Demio, which won Car of the Year Japan last year and is soon to be sold as the Mazda2 in the US. The Demio Motor Sports Concept is a blank canvas for privateers and race teams who would like to compete in gymkhana, dirt trial, or rally type events.

It is equipped with a petrol-powered 1.5L SkyActiv-G inline-four, the engine that will arrive with the US-spec Mazda2 and recently rated at 42 mpg, but which is unusual for a Japanese spec Demio. That car comes stock with either a 1.3L gasoline engine or a 1.5L diesel. The larger engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and the car is fitted with bigger brakes.

The Demio Motor Sports Concept also adds visual flair with a black chin spoiler and rocker panel aero skirts. The rear hatch gains a spoiler above the rear window. Gray, red and black Mazdaspeed graphics extend across its flanks and lower side sills.

A production version of the Demio Motor Sports Concept was announced with an fall 2015 on-sale date.

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