Mazda Familia GTR | Mazda 323 GT-R
Mazda's contribution to the Group A World Rally Championship in 1992 & 1993. This All Wheel Drive, 1.8L turbo, intercooled powerhouse is now a rare drive among a huge production rally spec car market globally.
There was only 2500 of these ever built, and those that did not get destroyed being raced, or have survived the abuse of modification and general driving over the last 13 years are now spread thinly around the globe, through many countries.
The Familia GTR is the elite of Mazda's 4WD turbo rally expolits. In many parts of the world, the normal non-turbo version is known as the Mazda 323. The lower spec turbo version is the Familia GTX which is the same in many respects as the Australian Ford KF Laser TX3 4WD Turbo. The GTR is a clear step above them all. In it's main year of manufacture, 1992, the Familia GTR was a similar specification to the original Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi EVO I and the Nissan Pulsar GTiR, with the only major difference being a 1.8L engine instead of a 2.0L.
There are many aspects of the Familia GTR that make it both exciting to drive and enjoyable to talk about. Visually it has a vastly unique exterior design to anything in Mazda's history, which is highlighted by the aggressive extended front spoiler to house the front mounted intercooler, and the triple bonnet vents. It is this which defines the look of a GTR. While the lower spec GTX version could have some body upgrades to appear like the real deal, there is also a plethora of differences under the bonnet which defines the real strength of the Familia GTR.
Within the expanding global growth of the rally style car market, there is now a cult following of the Familia GTR and GTX. This site is dedicated to the everlasting infatuation with the Familia GTR by its owners around the world. While I am focused on the GTR because I drive one, I welcome all GTX owners to this site, and would be happy to post reviews about your GTX, especially if your car has been modified toward a GTR spec. I love the GTR but fully respect all GTX's for the car that they are and they potential that they hold.
We hope you will enjoy the site, we are making modifications on a regular basis so please come back often.
Please visit our forum to discuss the Familia GTR, we have a growing membership of GTR fanatics that are always keen to chat. Alternatively please email us if you have a Familia GTR or GTX that you would like us to review on the site.
For all those that drive one of these fantastic cars, you can look for parts in our online classifieds or post your own parts for sale.
We are located in Melboure Australia and will be having some GTR gatherings over time in Melbourne. Stay tuned for details. Or if you are not in our part of the world, please advise us if you are planning on having a Familia GTR meet, we are happy to post an ad for you on the site on the condition that we get some photos to post.
Our aim is to provide the ultimate resource for the global Familia GTR community. Please help us with this ambition. There is no guarantee that the information provided in this site is correct, but we try to be as accurate as possible all the time.