Mazda Australia is about to launch a special model, the BT-50 Thunder. Developed by Mazda Australia’s in-house engineering team it will be sold only on the Australian market.

It is based on the Mazda BT-50 GT dual-cab 4×4 and has a bold front-end treatment that includes a single hoop steel bullbar and a Lightforce dual-row LED lightbar. A set of Thunder decals grace the tub sides.

Mazda fits what it describes as, ‘sinister’ 18-inch black alloy wheels that sit inside wider fender flares. At the rear is a premium sports bar.

The additional equipment adds over $13,000 total value.

Regular Manufacturer’s Retail Listed Pricing (MRLP) is $65,990 (plus on-road costs) for manual BT-50 Thunder, and $68,990 for the automatic.

The Mazda BT-50 Thunder goes on-sale at a date yet to be specified in April 2021.

“We have been extremely pleased with how the Brand-New Mazda BT-50 has been received by our dealer partners, customers and media since its mid-2020 launch,” said Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi.

“The range-topping, uniquely-Australian BT-50 Thunder makes a strong statement with a bold and assertive aesthetic, while retaining the high level of specification and safety attributes expected of a Brand-New BT-50 model,” he said.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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