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The Mazdaspeed 6 was launched in 2005 as the European sports sedan on the cheap, much like the Subaru Legacy GT. It didn’t try to outperform other comparable cars, but offered up an everyday sedan with a bit more sporty-flare that even the most basic Mazdas come with.
The formula for the car was simple, take a basic mid-sized sedan like the Mazda6, and install a turbocharged engine. In this case it was the 2.3L DISI Turbocharged four found other Mazda products like the CX-7 and Mazdaspeed3. Instead of driving just the front wheels, the power could be put to all four wheels using an all-wheel drive system that, at its limit had a 50/50 front and rear balance. Other features of the AWD included 3 traction modes and a rear limited-slip differential.
The exterior wasn’t noticeably changed, except for the front bumper and hood, which directed air to the top-mounted intercooler, as well as new rear bumper showing off dual exhaust tips. Inside the Mazdaspeed six could be had with a leather interior, headed seats and navigation, but for the most part was standard Mazda6. Those who couldn’t work a stick-shift were out of luck, as the car only came with a six-speed manual.
Performance was decent, 60 miles an hour took just under six seconds and the quarter mile came in at 14.3 seconds. Thanks power going to the rear wheels, handling was greatly improved. Gas Mileage wasn’t the best however, with 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
The near $30,000 dollar car is on the used car market, and the best and newest examples should cost more than $18,000.