SPECS
Horsepower
131 HP
Torque
136 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2453 LB
Drivetrain
AWD
Engine Size
1.6 L
Transmission Type
5MT
MPG (City/Highway)
23.1 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

High framerate slow-motion snow drifts: https://youtu.be/FqDgCggrDjE Snow drifting (with BOV): https://youtu.be/j6W_ZLBOGbY When I moved from Louisiana to Colorado, I knew my Miata wouldn’t be the best vehicle for Denver's snowy winters. Being both a Mazda fan and a rally fan, I’ve always lusted after Mazda’s Group A rally homologation special, the 323 GTX. Mazda brought a total of 1,243 GTXs to North America in 1988 and 1989. A good number of those were actually used as rally cars and were subsequently totaled, so there are even fewer GTXs still on the road today. I found this one for sale in New Mexico in September 2014, so I drove down to meet the seller and test-drive the car. Everything lined up, so the next week I drove down to New Mexico with a friend to pick it up. November eventually brought Denver’s first snow that year, and the GTX proved its AWD prowess. Holding slides around big bends feels natural. WRXs struggling to climb hills were put to shame by this 25-year old hatchback. Parts are difficult to come across for this weird little 80’s turbo AWD hatch, but there’s just nothing out there quite like it.

Discuss this build

[]Kevin Bandy

nice! These are turbo miata powered, right? and awd manual, too cool!

[]Peter Nelson

Hell yea 323 AWD!

[]Frank Pineiro

Bad ass!

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