Known as Mazda Lantis in Japan, this car also had different names around the world, such as 323F, Astina, Allegro, and Artis. The Lantis was launched from 1993 with a choice of two body styles, either a distinctive 5-door hatchback coupe or a 4-door sedan.
The most attractive car of this Lantis series is the Lantis Coupe Type R with a 5-door hatchback body. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter V6 DOHC KF-ZE engine, which delivers 167hp at 7,000 rpm and 132.3 lb-ft of torque. Transmission is a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.
The suspension is provided by struts on all wheels. Similarly, disk brakes are used throughout. The 2.0-liter V6 engine possesses a smooth and sharp turnover and a powerful surging sportiness. The tight sporty suspension helps give sharp steering response and superior handling.
Though its heavy front end can get in the way of really aggressive driving. The key to driving this car is being able to cope with that limitation. Maybe this is why Mazda went overboard by adding such a big spoiler to the rear on the Lantis Type R versions.
Mounting the large wing at the rear adds more weight to the back, improving front-rear weight distribution and provides downforce. These things in turn makes it perfect balance and completely fixes the front-end heavy issue. Winged or not, despite all, the entire Lantis range has excellent handling.