Japanese automakers have ascended the auto industry’s ladder to become some of the most popular and consumer friendly in the whole world.

Mazda, specifically, has etched its name in automotive lore by specializing in small, sporty, and quick cars that offer drivers not only a thrilling experience, but also top-notch efficiency and scalpel-like precision handling. Over the years, Mazda has become known for vehicles like the Miata, the 3 and 6 model sedans, and the RX models. Although the company has never produced cars meant to compete with the likes of Ferrari or Aston Martin, consumers have looked toward the Mazda line for affordable and efficient options that still offer speed and fun.

Today, we take a look at the 15 fastest vehicles Mazda has ever produced. Several models were not released in the United States, and instead could only be found in Japan or even Australia. There have been dozens of variations released over the years, as well, not all of which had available performance data. Because of that, some models are not included on the list, like RX-7 Type RZ. Concept models and one-offs were also not included, as production models were the only cars considered.

1. Mazda Furai

"Sound of the wind"
The Mazda Furai (マツダふうらい Mazda Furai) was a concept car revealed on 27 December 2007 and manufactured by Mazda. A teaser image of the vehicle was released on 11 December 2007. The Furai officially debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Furai (風籟 Fūrai), meaning "sound of the wind", was the fifth and last of the Mazda Nagare line of concept cars that have been made by Mazda since 2006. The chassis was based on the Courage Compétition C65 Le Mans Prototype that Mazda last used to compete in the American Le Mans Series, two seasons previously and was designed to use E100 ethanol fuel, it was powered by a new generation 20B 3-rotor wankel engine that put out 450 brake horsepower (340 kW). The engine was developed and built by renowned rotary tuner, Racing Beat, who also built the car's rotary-shaped muffler canister.

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