MAR 22nd 2016

Dan Trent – Mazda's Stealth Fighter Tickles Dan's Fancy

A car that plays down its performance potential is always going to be cooler than one that overstates it. Sadly now the trend is very much toward the latter, factory standard hot hatches now boasting quad exhausts, cars of all shapes and sizes peppered with fake vents and intakes with filled-in artificial mesh and – worst of all – entire rear bumpers designed around vast, chrome trimmed exhausts, their gaping mouths blanked off while the real pea-shooter pipe skulks behind. And don’t get me started on ‘sport’ trim options for diesel repmobiles that pair 20-inch wheel and tyre combinations designed to cope with 500hp-plus on a car with barely a third of that.

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