The US market Mazda 323 GTX was based on 5th generation (BF) Mazda Familia. It transformed the standard Familia hatch into an all-wheel-drive, manual-trans, turbocharged monster surprisingly it is still quite affordable today. Find this 1988 Mazda 323 GTX w/turbo 1.8BPT swap for sale in Vancouver, Canada via craigslist (Special note for our Candanavian friends: craigslist is the US version of Kijiji ). Big thanks to tip from Jeffrey L.
Externally, the 323 GTX version featured some DOHC and turbo stickers along with small hatch wing/spoiler and alloy wheels to differentiate it from the bog-standard 323 econobox.
The original 1.6 liter engine has been replaced by a 1.8 liter BPT engine from a JDM Mazda Familia GTX that has been massaged to produce a seller-claimed 252 horsepower and 257 ft-lbs of torque. The list of modifications is long and frankly 140 hp/L for a turbo gasoline engine is impressive. This is big power for its size, even in today’s automotive marketplace full of “eco friendly” turbo monsters living under the hood of all manner of Ford Taurii and BMWs with a “35i” at the end of their model names.
This 323GTX isn’t a pristine original example, but with the extra 100 horsepower over stock it will be an absolute blast to drive. This 2100 lb hotter hatch should be a real treat on road, or off.
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