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 |  Jun 18 2013, 4:30 PM

4. Eunos Cosmo

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You’ve heard of the Skyline right? It was the ultimate example of automotive excellence, where Nissan spared no expense to put its Japanese competition to shame. It worked on Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi and practically everyone. Mazda on the other hand, made this impressive flagship coupe: the Eunos Cosmo.

You’ll be excused if you haven’t heard of the Eunos Cosmo. American fans had to appreciate the 300 hp, turbocharged rotary engine two-door from afar. The closest thing to driving it came from the Gran Turismo video games. Using a bigger version of the RX-7’s rotary engine, the Eunos Cosmo featured the largest displacement rotary engine sold by Mazda.

Three-hundred horsepower was something to celebrate back in 1990, but so was the color touch-screen, mobile phone, GPS and an honest to goodness TV in the car. Yes, the Eunos Cosmo was something else back in 1990, and it was proof that Mazda could run with the giants like Godzilla.

  • Transpower

    Oh, come on. The RX-7 or RX-8 is the number one Mazda for sure….

  • ColumWood

    RX-8? No way. A great car… but for it’s time it was nowhere near the level of the RX-7.

  • Mark Yuri Stephens

    I agree with the Mazda 323 GTX. Could you imagine a Mazdaspeed 3 GTX? AWD? Damn….

  • Hermann

    No B Series?!

  • Kinetis

    The RX-7 was a great car, but it wasn’t a game changer. The Miata changed how the game was played in the small roadster class and dominates it to this day. When there are entire race series’ dedicated to the car and it holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular roadster ever, no question it is Mazda’s shining beacon.

  • UncleB

    Looking for an all electric.

  • Tommy samual

    I can’t see the 929 -1993 up models

  • Murta

    Where is the Cosmo ?