Should Mazda Build This Stylish MX-5 Shooting Brake?

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It looks a lot like the BMW Z3 M Coupe.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular roadsters on the market, but Mazda refuses to put a fixed-roof variant into mass production. Back in 1996, Mazda teased the idea with the one-off Miata M Coupe based on the first-generation MX-5. It featured a fixed double-bubble roof, but never entered production. This was followed by the extremely rare Mazda MX-5 Coupe. Launched in 2003, the Mazda MX-5 Coupe was limited to just 179 units and was only sold in Japan.

While the current-generation MX-5 is offered with either a soft-top or a retractable metal roof, Mazda still won't sell you a fixed-roof version. It's a shame because these renders designed by artist Jose Antonio Aranda show that a fixed-roof Mazda MX-5 could look stunning.

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José Antonio Aranda / Instagram
José Antonio Aranda / Instagram
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Rather than simply turning the Mazda MX-5 into a fixed-roof coupe, the artist has gone a stage further, adding a rear window, extending the wheelbase, and adding a sloping roofline, transforming the iconic Japanese sports car into a stylish shooting brake.

Thanks to its clown shoe-esque design, this fantasy Mazda MX-5 wagon bears more than a passing resemblance to the BMW Z3 M Coupe. A shooting brake version of the MX-5 would improve the car's rigidity while also offering additional practicality, but the added weight could affect the car's driving dynamics.

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José Antonio Aranda / Instagram
José Antonio Aranda / Instagram

The Mazda MX-5 is renowned for being a lightweight, simple sports car that's extremely fun and satisfying to drive thanks to its 50:50 weight distribution, so adding a heavier, less agile shooting brake version to the lineup could ruin the winning formula and upset some purists.

The chances of Mazda selling a shooting brake version of the MX-5 are practically zero, but it's still fun to see what a more practical MX-5 could look like if it was given the green light. Would you like to see Mazda build an MX-5 shooting brake?

José Antonio Aranda / Instagram
José Antonio Aranda / Instagram
José Antonio Aranda / Instagram
José Antonio Aranda / Instagram

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