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Mazda is coming to the 2016 Tokyo Motor Show in a rather low-key fashion, with three tuned road cars and two production-based race cars. No wild bodykits and lurid paint jobs in Hiroshima’s entry to Japan’s premier tuner expo; instead, the cars are subtly tweaked, and aren’t far off what you can actually buy off the showroom floor.

First up are the Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5 RS and Mazda 6 Racing Concept models – dressed in black, all three get Mazdaspeed aero kits (accented in red for the CX-3 and MX-5) and unique alloy wheels. Inside, bucket seats are fitted – Recaro seats as standard on the MX-5 RS, and Mazdaspeed seats on the CX-5 and Mazda 6 – along with Alcantara upholstery on the CX-3 and Alcantara trim on the Mazda 6.

Performance-wise, all three cars come with a six-speed manual transmission and appear to be lowered, with the MX-5 going one step further with height-adjustable suspension and a performance chassis bracing kit.

The company are also bringing along two race cars, an MX-5 NR-A one-make racer and a new rally specification for the Mazda 2 race car – the latter is based on the motorsport-friendly 15MB variant, fitted with the more powerful 115 PS/148 Nm 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G engine (the regular petrol-engined cars sold in Japan are powered by a 92 PS/121 Nm 1.3 litre mill).

Both receive the obligatory competition-spec equipment such as tow hooks, bucket seats and roll cages, but are otherwise almost identical to the road cars they are based on.

Also making an appearance are the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Car introduced at SEMA last year, along with the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo from the Gran Turismo 6 racing game and the stunning Mazda RX-Vision concept which wowed show-goers at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October.

GALLERY: Mazda CX-3 Racing Concept


GALLERY: Mazda MX-5 RS Racing Concept
GALLERY: Mazda 6 Racing Concept
GALLERY: Mazda MX-5 NR-A
GALLERY: Mazda 2 15MB Rally Specification