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Mazda 6 2.3 Dynamic

Broadcast dates : 6th November 2005
12th November 2005

According to Mazda, the Japanese company spent three times as much on its facelift for the Mazda 6 as it normally does on so-called "model development".

While the Mazda 6 was launched with very much a sports sedan theme, Mazda-Think now has it that the car needed more in the way of "refined maturity". This applied as much to the looks as to mechanical and structural changes.

The headlights have been given black bezils for a more up-market look, and new alloy wheels distinguish the face-lifted model. The rear bumper also came in for a redesign and in our book, the subtle boot spoiler is preferable to the high-mounted sports spoiler.

Sedans like the Mazda 6 just may be making a comeback, as enthusiastic drivers rediscover the joys of dynamic, low-slung handling.
The Mazda 6 has reasonable space for five, and in 2,3 litre Dynamic form, leather upholstery is standard, as are programmable electric seats.

Much of the re-development budget went into engine changes.

The two-litre version has received a healthy nine-kilowatt boost thanks to numerous electro-mechanical up-grades.

The 2,3 litre four fitted to the test car retains its 122 kilowatt power peak, but the torque band has been smoothed out in the 2300 rev range.

The Mazda body has more rigidity, new coil springs, stabilisers and revised dampers for a precise ride.

The original Mazda 6 raked up 107awards internationally, thanks to an engine and handling package that was already crisp and energetic.

One of the short-comings in the 2003 spec version, though, was that the automatic transmission option was a rather old-fashioned four-speeder. Our 2,3 litre test car had the new five-speeder.

The so-called Active-Matic transmission has more electronic interfaces in its design, and while it has less noticeable torque-converter slippage than the old "box", it probably suffers more at Reef altitude, where the engine could do with a bit more torque.

The four-speed version was rated at a sub ten-second 0 - 100 and a 215 km/h top speed.

We estimate that the new model will be very close in performance, as the essential power, torque and body-mass figures on the new 2,3 are largely unchanged.

On the safety features front, the Mazda is loaded with numerous active electronic aids, and six airbags

Mazda6 2.3 Dynamic AT
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 2 261 cc
  • Power: 122 kW @ 6 500 rpm
  • Torque: 207 Nm @ 4 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,6 seconds
  • Top speed: 215 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 12,2 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R R233 990
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