Mazbaru Sa60 GT Deluxe
If the name Mazbaru Sa60 sounds unfamiliar you are correct: it is a combination of the Mazda Savanna RX-7 and the Subaru 360. Both cars were brilliant in design and combining the two into one is a stroke of genius!
The front section is taken from the Mazda Savanna RX-7 and the rear section is taken from the Subaru 360.
The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Mazbaru Sa60. Mazda and Subaru deemed it a good idea to combine the front of a coupe and the rear of a sedan.
The Mazbaru Sa60 combines the late Showa and late 60s. The Savanna was a typical Showa product: the sky was the limit and the Mazda Wankel engine proved this! The Subaru 360 is one of the most iconic cars from the 1960s in Japan. The Japanese adored the looks of the car very much and unsurprisingly it received the nickname ‘ladybug’. Outside Japan the car didn’t get a similar praise and even though 10000 units were shipped and sold in the US: safety test revealed a small Subaru 360 could not withstand a collision with normal sized American cars well. This naturally gave the Subaru 360 a bad image and sales plummeted.
Mazbaru SA60 Chassis
The Mazbaru Sa60 has 2 doors and the total length of the car is 3425mm.
The weight of the car also changed from 1280 kilograms (Mazda Savanna RX-7) and 410 kilograms (Subaru 360) to 697 kilograms (1537 pounds).
|Number of doors||2|
|Front suspension||McPherson struts|
|Rear suspension||Solid axle on swing arms|
Mazbaru SA60 Engines and drivetrains
|Bore x Stroke||NA x NA|
|Power||182 hp (136 kW)|
|Torque||245 Nm (181 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
This dual powered Sa60 has the 13B-T up front and the EK32F in the rear. The potential horsepower when both engines are combined is 215hp. In the Series IV the 13B-T increased the power output from 146hp naturally aspirated to 185hp turbocharged. Due the having only two strokes, the EK32F was a relatively smooth and powerful engine. Most of the counterpart two cylinder engines of that era were four stroke engines and delivered less power than the Subaru units. Thanks to being a two stroke, the maximum power was reached at a whopping 7000rpm.
GT Deluxe trim level
The GT Deluxe mixes the best out of the Mazda Savanna GT Limited and the Subaru 360 Super Deluxe.
The GT Limited featured the gran touring package.
Apart from the Deluxe badge on the engine cover, nothing distinguished the Deluxe version from the outside of the car.
You can distinguish the turbo and non-turbo models by the hoodscoop for the top mounted intercooler.
As the air cooled EK32 engine is mounted in the rear, a set of side-vents are present under the rear quarter window for air to enter the engine compartment. The rear engine cover featured horizontal louvers in the early version and vertical slots in the later version to remove the hot air from the engine.
The original front: Mazda Savanna RX-7
This particular model of the Mazda Savanna RX-7 was sold in 1985. The body style is a door coupe.
The third generation Savanna was a follow up on the well received second generation. Due to the quirky looks of the second generation Savanna, Mazda decided to design the third generation after the Porsche 944 to hopefully improve sales in the USA.
The Mazda Savanna RX-7 ad campaign
The third generation Mazda Savanna ads were mostly revolving the serenity of the wankel engine. Classy pictures, fast moving vehicles and the New Adult Sports as the tag line for the FC.
The Mazda Savanna RX-7 in popular media
Ryosuke Takahashi drives a white Mazda Savanna RX-7 Infini III in the Initial D anime, manga and movie. The RX7 was also a popular car used for drifting and D1GP driver Hirotaka Hoshino became the ambassador for it.
Abandoned 1989 Mazda RX7 Infini Revisitied by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Subaru 360
This particular model of the Subaru 360 was sold in 1968. The body style is a door sedan.
After the second world war the Nakajima Aircraft Company was broken up by the allied occupation government and part of it separated as Fuji Sangyo. This new company made the Fuji Rabbit scooters out of spare aircraft parts leftover from the war. In 1950 the company was split up into even smaller companies and five of these companies decided to merge into Fuji Heavy Industries, the current holding for Subaru. Fuji Heavy Industries decided post-war Japan was in need for cars and decided to develop a full sized sedan named the Subaru 1500, also known as the P-1. The P-1 proved a too big step for a new company: it was too complex and the supply of parts was difficult to manage. In 1956 the Subaru 360 was developed as the second car by Fuji Heavy Industries. Unlike the Subaru 1500, the 360 was mostly designed as a simple and cheap car to and this was also it’s success! By the late 1950s the Japanese economy was on the rise and the new generation eagerly wanted to buy luxury goods like televisions, refrigerators and cars. A small and cheap car like the Subaru 360 was just at the right time at the right place.
The Subaru 360 ad campaign
The Subaru 360 mostly sold itself as the demand for small and cheap cars was on the rise in the late 1950s, however by the mid 1960s there was plenty of supply by other manufacturers, most families already owned a car and Subaru had to attract new customer through advertising. Where Subaru put families on the cover of their 360 brochures in the early 1960s, by the end of the decade it was now was put in the brochures as an adventurous car with lots of motion pictures of fast driving 360s, young men and women posing in front of it and in magazine advertising young women even posed next to it with machine guns! Now that’s some guerilla marketing!
The Subaru 360 in popular media
The Subaru 360 is most renowned for it’s appearance in various manga and anime series like You’re Under Arrest, GetBackers and Pokémon. It’s also frequently seen in any Japanese movie flashbacking to the Showa era as the car had such a cultural impact. Nowadays the Subaru 360 has almost become extinct on the Japanese roads and the only place you can spot them is nearby classic car shows.
Mothballed: 1960’ish Subaru 360 by Wasabi Cars
The Mazbaru Sa60 certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Mazda and Subaru to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Mazda or Subaru, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Mazda Savanna and the Subaru 360. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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