Being a famous TV and movie star might be enough to earn you a regular rotation on TMZ, but mere celebrity status won’t get a car named after you. So what did Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey do to deserve this honor?
For years Dempsey has been racing competitively in the likes of the Rolex Grand Am series, piloting Mazda RX-8 race cars for a team he owns.
Based on Mazda’s new compact crossover, the CX-5 Dempsey (unveiled today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas) gets matte black and “Anatomy Gray” (groan) paint with red detailing and comes outfitted with a Bicycle S-Works Tarmac road bike and a Thule Atlantis rooftop cargo box. Other highlights include 20-inch black chrome wheels with red detailing, while out back is a Racing Beat dual exhaust system.
Inside the cabin has been upgraded with new seating surfaces using black perforated leather inserts and gray bolsters with red accenting. Leather has also been used to coat the steering wheel, shift boot, armrests, door panels and center storage bin with contrasting Luminous Red stitching throughout.
If there’s any saving grace to the otherwise un-spectacular CX-5 it’s that it has an original powerplant, with a new 2.2-liter diesel Skyactiv engine under the hood with 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Why Mazda chose to build a CX-5 crossover in Dempsey’s honor rather than something more sporting is surprising. Not that there’s anything wrong with the CX-5, but McDreamy arguably deserves something a little less, um, McLamey.