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Mazda6 MPS

Broadcast date : 18th February 2007

This is the interior of the Mazda6 MPS. Hmmm. Black panelling, polished metal high-lights, sort-of-sporting instrumentation. And a seven-speaker Bose audio system. Neat… well put together… classy… But exciting?

Gugu feels a hot-hatch would have given Mazda’s rather so-wha-tish image a much bigger boost on the South African market.

In fact the original Mazda6 with its overt boot wing looked more dramatic.

There’s simply nothing about the Mazda6 MPS’s styling to tell you that this is a very special model, with a turbocharged engine and four-wheel-drive.

It looks like a competent, crisp sedan, with luxury detailing. It’s all of those things, but whose going to know there’s more in store?

The turbocharged, intercooled 2,3 litre four-cylinder engine is a typically strong Mazda performance unit, revving impressively to 6500 rpm in a strong consistent whoosh of power.

Peak output is 191 kilowatts, and the torque peak of 380 Newton metres is realised at 3000 rpm, making for a wonderfully workmanlike performance unit.

The four-wheel-drive set-up features constantly variably torque transfer between the front and rear axles, and the double-wishbone suspension at the front, with a multi-link set-up at the rear, provides extremely competent levels of grip.

It’s also a quick car, with a mid 6-second 0-100 and a 240 km/h top whack.

And remains perfectly poised through fast sweeps, where four-wheel-drive comes into its own.

Buck for your car, car for your buck, the Mazda6 MPS is the definitive wolf in sheep’s clothing.

As for a more overt Mazda performer. Wait for the Mazda3 MPS.

Mazda6 MPS
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol turbocharged, 2 261 cc
  • Power: 191 kW @5 500 rpm
  • Torque: 380 Nm @ 3 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 6,6 seconds
  • Top speed: 240 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 12,3 litres/100 km
  • Price: R319 900

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