Meet The Plucky Mazda Homologation Hot Hatch You Forgot All About
In 1992 Mazda homologated its Familia hatchback so the company could compete in Group A Rallying. The resulting Mazda Familia GT-R is a forgotten homologation special with race car credentials and a used 90's Accord price tag.
In 1992, the first year the limited production, the Familia GT-R rolled off the production line to lucky hot hatch enthusiasts in Japan. The GT-R featured flared fenders, larger brakes, a stiffer suspension, chassis stiffening and 5-lug wheels to round out the most important upgrade, Power!
Thanks to a turbo charged 1.8-liter inline-4-cylinder engine the Familia GT-R produced 210 horsepower. This impressive power was thanks to a water-cooled turbocharger IHI turbocharger, sodium-filled valves, larger fuel injectors, a front mounted air-to-water intercooler, and fortified engine internals.
Power was sent through a 5-speed manual transmission to all four wheels thanks to an all wheel drive system that relies on a viscous coupling to distribute power. With the bigger power and ability to send power to all four wheels the Familia GT-R is a whole lot of fun to drive.
Today you can pursue your Group A Mazda Rally fantasy and buy this incredible Familia GT-R on Bring A Trailer. It lives in Japan but shipping is included so you can be the unique JDM bad you always dreamed you'd be.