All of these Mazda3s will be powered by a 118-horsepower SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission.
After taking a ferry across the Sea of Japan, the main overland portion of the adventure will begins in Vladivostok, with 3 legs separating the drivers from Krasnoyars. The 7 ensuing legs of the tour will take between 3-6 days each to cover.
Overall, the 2014 Mazda3 cars will cross 9 time zones, 5 countries, and 2 continents.
This will be the third time that Mazda models have taken part in such an extreme test drive. In 1977, German reporters drove Mazda 323 hatchbacks from Japan to Frankfurt. The expedition was followed up successfully in 1990, when 4 Mazda 626s crossed the former Soviet Union.