Mazda R360

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Mazda R360[1]
AssemblyHiroshima Assembly, Hiroshima, Japan
Body and chassis
ClassKei car
Body style2-door, coupé
LayoutRR layout
Engine356 cc V-twin
Transmission4-speed manual
2-speed automatic
Wheelbase1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Length2,980 mm (117.3 in)
Width1,290 mm (50.8 in)
Height1,290 mm (50.8 in)
Curb weight380 kg (838 lb)
SuccessorMazda P360

The Mazda R360 is a kei car manufactured and marketed by Mazda as the company's first automobile — a two-door, four-seat coupé. Introduced in 1960, the R360 featured a 69 inch (1753 mm) wheelbase, weighed 838 lb (380 kg) and was powered by a rear-mounted air-cooled 356 cc V-twin engine producing 16 hp (12 kW)[1] and 16 lb·ft (22 Nm) of torque. The car was capable of 52 mph (84 km/h)[citation needed] and featured a 4-speed manual or two-speed automatic transmission.[1] The suspension, front and rear, was rubber "springs" and torsion bars.[citation needed]

Within a few years of introducing the R360, Mazda had captured much of the lightweight (kei car) market in Japan. The R360 was augmented by the Mazda P360 "Carol" 2+2 in 1962, as well as a convertible version in 1964. Production of the R360 lasted for six years.

B360 Pickup[edit]

The B360 was a pickup truck bodystyle based on parts of the R360 coupé. It used the same 356 cc engine, but in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Like most pickups, it used a rigid rear axle and leaf spring suspension. The engine was replaced with the Carol's 358 cc I4 in 1964, and the B360 was replaced by the Mazda E360 in 1967.

A larger B600 pickup was introduced for the export market. It used a 577 cc version of the Mazda V-twin.


  1. ^ a b c "Mazda R360 Coupe". 240 Landmarks of Japanese Automotive Technology. Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. 2007. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2013. External link in |work= (help)

V-twin engine, Mazda R360 Coupe

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