Mazda R360

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1960 Mazda R360 coupe
1960 Mazda R360 coupe

The R360 wis Mazda's first real caur - a twa-door, fower-seat coupé. Introduced in 1960, it featurt a short 69 inch (1753 mm) wheelbase an weighed juist 838 lb (380 kg). It wis pouered bi a rear-mounted air-cooled 356 cc V-twin engine puttin oot aboot 16 hp (12 kW) an 16 ft·lbf (22 Nm) o torque. The caur wis capable o aboot 52 mph (84 km/h). It haed a 4-speed manual or twa-speed automatic transmission. The suspension, front an rear, wis rubber "springs" an torsion bars.

Within a few years o introducing the R360, Mazda haed captured muckle o the lightweight (kei car) mercat in Japan. It wis augmented bi the Mazda P360 "Carol" 2+2 in 1962, as well as a convertible version in 1964. Production o the R360 lasted for sax years.

B360 Pickup[eedit | eedit soorce]

The B360 wis a pickup truck bodystyle based on pairts o the R360 coupé. It uised the same 356 cc engine, but mounted it in front wi rear wheel drive. Lik maist pickups, it uised a rigid rear axle an leaf spring suspension. The engine wis replaced wi the Carol's 358 cc I4 in 1964, an the B360 wis replaced bi the Mazda E360 in 1967.

A lairger B600 pickup wis introduced for the export mercat. It uised a 577 cc version o the V-twin.