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Made as a factory-sleeper, the Mazda 6 MPS was a real wolf in sheep clothes that could outperform many sporty vehicles, including its Japanese competitors.

Mazda was the first Japanese carmaker that won the 24h of LeMans race, and its motorsport heritage was great, but it wasn't known for sporty sedans. The 6 was designed as a family vehicle and shared its platform with Ford Mondeo. But the 6 MPS was a different kind of animal. Its turbocharged engine and the all-wheel-drive system placed it directly against more acclaimed cars such as the Subaru Impreza WRX or the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
A trained eye would have instantly noticed the differences between the MPS and the rest of the 6 range due to the power-dome on the hood and the wider grille at the front. A broad additional grille took center stage on the bumper flanked on the sides by air-intakes that cooled the front brakes. Its 18" light-alloy wheels were unique for the version. In the rear, a lip-spoiler and a dual exhaust system completed the sporty look of the sedan.

Inside, the carmaker failed to create the same sporty interior as the exterior and kept the same bland look as for the rest of the range. The regular seats with small side bolstering didn't match the car's cornering abilities. Apart from the polished aluminum pedals, it was just another Mazda 6 designed for families but with leather instead of fabric upholstery.

Mazda installed a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine under the hood, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox that sent the power in all corners. Its front and rear independent suspension and stiff dampers significantly improved the car's cornering abilities.

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MAZDA 6 MPS 2006 - 2007
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.3L DISI Turbo 6MT (260 HP)
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MAZDA 6 MPS Brochure (US)

MAZDA 6 MPS 2.3L DISI Turbo 6MT (260 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3L DISI Turbo 6MT (260 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2261 cm3
Power
191 KW @ 5500 RPM
260 HP @ 5500 RPM
256 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
280 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
380 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
149 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/45 R18 93Y
DIMENSIONS
Length
187.6 in (4765 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.6/60.6 in (1,539/1,539 mm)
Wheelbase
105.3 in (2675 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.7 cuFT (501 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3450 lbs (1565 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4596 lbs (2085 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.7 mpg US (14.1 L/100Km)
Highway
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Combined
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
245 g/km
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