When you think about automotive muscle, you probably don’t think about Mazda. The Japanese company, founded in 1920 in Hiroshima, has long been known for delivering agility — or, as the automaker calls it, “zoom-zoom” — in vehicles to consumers around the world. Mazda MX-5 Miata, the brand’s most famous product, serves as a perfect example of what lightweight construction and just enough power can do for a sports car.
True, you don’t hunt out a Mazda when you want brute force. There are countless Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, and Dodge Chargers from the last 50 years to help you out on that front. Instead, you go to Mazda to get the most zoom for every horse the engine can produce. This way, you can still get your speed fix even if you aren’t blowing the doors off a Shelby at the stoplight.
To prove it, we rounded up 15 of the fastest Mazda cars the automaker has ever produced. Several models were not released in the United States and were instead found overseas, but if they existed and had performance records, then we included them. We avoided concept cars, however. In determining the brand’s fastest cars, we looked at top speed and quarter mile times, as well as their all-important acceleration powers.
Read on to see the 15 fastest Mazdas on the road.