The Mazda MAZDASPEED6 aims to compete with other souped-up versions of family-oriented production cars, namely the Subaru Legacy GT, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

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Mazda MAZDASPEED6 Origins

MazdaSpeed is the specialty shop that serves as the race parts and tuning division of the popular Japanese automaker. This division started in 1968 and was originally called the ""Mazda Sports Corner."" This group includes the engineers, designers, and mechanics responsible for the Mazda 727B that won 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991. It marks the only time a Japanese manufacturer has won the classic race. About this time, the speed shop changed its name to MazdaSpeed and focused on helping third party racers with development. In 1999, Mazda officially took over the division, and its primary focus shifted to helping Mazda with its production vehicles.

The MAZDASPEED6 came onto the scene in 2002. It serves as a replacement for the highly awarded and popular 626 model that helped establish Mazda as a major force in the world automotive market. The 626 is reliable, a great value, and offers a lot of features. This won over many fans, but eventually the competition caught up to Mazda’s aged design, so Mazda retired its flagship sales powerhouse and redesigned it. Keeping with the auto world philosophy of a name change to accompany a design overhaul, the 626 became the MAZDASPEED6.

Both the 6 and the 626 have always been family oriented cars that handle all compact sedan duties well while remaining fun to drive. That mentality is apparent in the MazdaSpeed version of the 6. The four-door sedan receives some serious power and handling upgrades with somewhat impressive results. Many reviewers point out that competing performance-boosted sedans run faster, and Mazda called this a test not a track car. Just the same, the MazdaSpeed version of the family sedan is something to behold.

The MazdaSpeed shop seems to pick a car from the Mazda lineup and then ramp up the performance. After that, the modified model remains available for two years and then a new model receives an overhaul. With these MazdaSpeed vehicles, the idea seems to be ""limited edition,"" so get them while you can or plan on buying one used.

About the Mazda MAZDASPEED6

MazdaSpeed models represent the epitome of the Mazda ""Zoom-Zoom"" philosophy. That car making ideal stems from Mazda’s long-standing goal of making cars that not only serve an intended purpose, but also remind the driver that driving should be a fun thing to do. For this reason the MazdaSpeed cars serve as the ultimate example of the Mazda design plan and perform rather well while remaining reliable and, in most cases, practical.

The MAZDASPEED6 continues the 626 tradition of being an award-winning design. Taking top honors in different countries and making a number of ""best of"" lists, this version of the 6 garners quite a bit of praise. Everybody loves a performer, especially at a reasonable price with a surprising amount of practicality.

This upgraded family car sports a turbocharged and direct-injected version of Mazda's 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 274 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. These changes under the hood comprise the biggest alterations separating this from the regular Mazda 6. The exterior shows some tough-looking style changes to advertise the performance overhaul. Yet, compared to the competition, it remains rather sedate and doesn’t have spoilers, fins, outrageous body parts, or anything that screams, ""Fast and furious over here, please write me a moving violation."" As far as other performance assets go, the suspension, transmission, and other handling-oriented parts have been changed and upgraded. Even the body’s torsional rigidity increases by 50 percent.

Also keeping with the MazdaSpeed design ideals are the options. The model offers only two trims: Sport and Grand Touring. The standard goods include stainless-steel scuff plates, alloy pedals, sport-type front seats, and a Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer. The Grand Touring package adds black leather-trimmed seat upholstery, heated mirrors and front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, and keyless entry. Both models have all-wheel drive.

Mazda MAZDASPEED6 Features

Mazda only produced this family speedster in 2006 and 2007. The Mazda 6 is still the flagship of the Mazda fleet, and Mazda offers it as a 2012 model with many options. However, the MAZDASPEED version of production cars are limited editions of a sort, and the brand only offers them for two years before moving them into automotive history.

Mazda MAZDASPEED6 Evolution

Since the model only saw two years of production, the few made are all past versions. The MazdaSpeed shop doesn’t seem to be about features and options, so vehicles designed there tend to stay the same through their short production runs. The 2006 and 2007 editions stay basically identical with no new options added in 2007.

Select a Mazda MAZDASPEED6 Year

2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED6

Midsize, Sedan

The 2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED6 serves as a midsize, performance-tuned sport sedan version of the MAZDA6.

2006 Mazda MAZDASPEED6

Midsize, Sedan