THE MAZDA 323 4WD GT-R'S ATTRIBUTES
The goal for the GT-R's engineering team was an an optimized "total balance" that would achieve the highest order of performance and vehicle dynamics that could be squeezed from the compact 323 hatchbacks powerful and lightweight turbocharged 1.8 litre DOHC engine, advanced 4-wheel drive system , superb suspension and brakes and rigid body construction.
Especially noteworthy is the power unit, the latest in the type BPD series of turbocharged , intercooled 1.8 litre, DOHC 16 valve, inline 4-cylinder engines. In the GT-R, the engine is fitted with a specially developed "Big Turbo" and mated to a strengthened 5-speed transaxle. The engine was developed for the 323 4WD GT-R by Mazda's Motor Sports Engineering Group (known simply as "ME" within the company). This group is responsible for the the company's out-and-out competition engines,and it's most notable recent achievement was the design and development of the 1991 Le Mans winning 4-rotor rotary engine. The "Big Turbo" 1.8 litre engine propels the GT-R like a rocket , to which the development team likens its breathtaking acceleration.
The 323 is already endowed with superb chassis dynamics - roadholding, handling and ride quality, combined with an extremely rigid body. In the GT-R, the roadholding and handling have been optimized, without unduly affecting the car's good ride quality. Additionally, new tyres possessing outstanding grip and controllability were specifically developed for the car. They are fitted on new 15-in, diameter cast aluminium wheels featuring a 5-bolt pattern. These wheels allowed the adoption of larger diameter brake discs that assure an ample reserve of stopping power.
The already rigid body shell of the 323 hatchback has been further reinforced in those critical areas where the suspension components attach to the body.
The 323 4WD GT-R is not a gutted lightweight automobile. rather, it is a practical, comfortable and versatile road car that is equipped with power assisted steering as standard equipment. Its interior is fully upholstered, and features "GT" front bucket seats with deep side bolsters. The GT-R is equipped with an efficient heating-ventilation system, and Mazdas popular 60/40 split rear seatback has also been carried over.
It is Mazda's firm belief that any road car, no matter how high its performance and dynamic potential, or how distinctive and emotional a character it possesses, must fully satisfy environmental requirements and be efficient in its use of resources. the Mazda 323 4WD GT-R meets U.S. 1983 emission standards. The car's compactness and lightweight produce good fuel economy. Its "total balance",resulting from its responsive performance, superb chassis dynamics, and the impressive stopping power provided by its oversize brakes are important ingredients in the GT-R's "active" safety.
Source:Product Information Mazda 323 4WD GT-R ; Mazda
Information Mazda 323 4WD GT-R ; Mazda