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2006 MAZDASPEED6

2006 MAZDASPEED6

2006 MAZDASPEED6 - THE ULTIMATE ZOOM-ZOOM MAZDA6

May 13, 2012
12:06am

IRVINE, Calif. - The new MAZDAPEED6 is the fastest accelerating, best handling and most advanced sports sedan Mazda has ever built.

Boasting a unique 2.3-liter direct-injection turbo-charged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a high-tech Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive system, it's got all the performance and passion of a specialist rally replica, but with the refinement of a luxury sedan.  There's no need to buy earplugs and hire a chiropractor every time you go for a drive.

Mazda's Zoom-Zoom philosophy is applied to every aspect of the MAZDASPEED6 from a subtly aggressive bodykit to a cabin that's been created especially for the sporting driver.

But the MAZDASPEED6 is not just about speed.  As befits a top-of-the-line model, the MAZDASPEED6 offers a host of creature comforts that the "rally replicas" could only hope for, such as comfortable and supportive seats with optionally available leather trim, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system with an optional BOSE® audio system featuring a six-disc CD changer, and available xenon headlights, moonroof and DVD-based navigation system.

"The MAZDASPEED name is synonymous with amazing agility and road holding and the MAZDASPEED6 doesn't disappoint," says Kevin Mori, MAZDASPEED6 vehicle line manager for Mazda North American Operations.  "What's all the more remarkable is that, unlike some rival rally-replica all-wheel drive sedans the MAZDSPEED6 also achieves superb ride and refinement."

The MAZDASPEED banner incorporates factory-built vehicles that offer the highest-possible performance, yet are true to their donor vehicles; factory-developed and -warranted street and racing performance parts and accessories; and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, the company's racing division. 

MAZDASPEED MAGIC

Mazda has always been a powerplant pioneer.  The 13B RENESIS rotary unit in the sensational RX-8 is the world's only production rotary engine and now the MAZDASPEED6 launches with a boundary-breaking engine of its own.

The all-aluminum 2.3-liter in-line four-cylinder, 16-valve engine in the MAZDASPEED6 is one of the first direct-injection, turbocharged, gasoline engines available in North America.  Mazda uses the moniker Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) to describe the engine.  And this is just the first of a number of planned applications for this powerplant.

By introducing direct injection to a gasoline turbo application, Mazda circumvented the usual drawback of turbocharging - poor low- and mid-range torque - while meeting strict exhaust emission regulations.  Both fuel mixture loading efficiency and torque are increased by injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber.  As a result, the turbocharger delivers much of its 15.6 psi of boost from approximately 2,500 rpm.  The single-scroll turbocharger maintains exhaust temperature, allowing for reduced thermal capacity of the exhaust system, which, in turn, minimizes harmful emissions and allows the MAZDASPEED6 to meet both LEV-II state and Bin 5-A Federal regulations.

The 2.3-liter DISI engine produces 274 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at just 3,000 rpm.  With the turbo spinning so eagerly, there's torque on tap at very low revs, giving the MAZDASPEED6 amazing in-gear acceleration.  And the benefits of the DISI technology, coupled with a fast-spinning turbocharger, further support the original promise of MAZDASPEED6 being true to the original MAZDA6 concept.

Other enhanced components in the engine include steel connecting rods and crankshaft, increased diameters of connecting rod pins, optimized rod shape and the introduction of full floating pistons.  Each and every moving part is stronger, more rigid and more durable.  Literally hundreds of part numbers were changed from the standard MZR non-turbo engine in developing this powerplant.

A further benefit of DISI technology means the MAZDASPEED6 offers a remarkable blend of low emissions, excellent fuel economy and high performance.  In city driving, the MAZDASPEED6 achieves 20 mpg, and 26 mpg on the highway.

A close-ratio, slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission is fitted and really encourages the MAZDASPEED6 driver to explore this car's performance.  The extremely small transmission employs triple cone synchronizers - which minimize shift effort - for first, second and third gears, with a double cone synchronizer for fourth gear, allowing for smooth up and downshifts.  Brass synchronizers were chosen on select gears to minimize shift balking and maximize feel. 

Mazda engineers specified a six-speed manual transmission as it was deemed to be the best mix of proper gear-spacing, ease of use and outright performance.  No automatic is available, as the engineering team felt that a proper sports sedan should be equipped with a manual transmission, to fully involve the driver in the experience.

 The dynamic driving experience is further enhanced by the MAZDASPEED6's Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive system.  The all-new system yields a superb balance between driving excitement and stability under all road conditions.  The torque transfer system found in the MAZDASPEED6 adjusts front/rear torque distribution between 100:0 and 50:50 for optimum drive power to each wheel, and can react to wheel slippage much more quickly than conventional gear- or fluid-controlled systems.

The Active Torque Split system incorporates real-time input data on steering angle, yaw rate, lateral G force and engine status to determine road surface and driving conditions, then selects between Normal, Sports and Snow (slippery) modes to provide the most power and traction under all conditions.  A torque-sensing limited-slip differential (borrowed from the Mazda RX-8 sports car) optimizes torque and ensures excellent power delivery when cornering or on slippery surfaces.  To ensure consistent power delivery under all weather and driving conditions, the water-cooled Power Take Off center differential distributes torque to the rear axle. 

The MAZDA6 Sports Sedan was already one of the most rewarding driver's cars in its class, but adding MAZDASPEED to the equation brings a whole new level of ability.

The MAZDASPEED6 rides lower than a standard MAZDA6 and the double-wishbone front and rear multi-link suspension setups have been tweaked to further enhance handling.  In the front, a 25 percent higher spring rate for the coil springs and an increase in the diameter of the stabilizer bar from 23mm to 24mm sharpen turn-in and minimize understeer.  In the rear, the spring rate has been increased by 37 percent, the stabilizer bar diameter increased from 21mm to 23mm and the rear cross-member reinforced.

With the retuned suspension acting in concert with the Active Torque-Split all-wheel drive system, the MAZDASPEED6 can corner faster and flatter than the regular MAZDA6.   However, at no time does MAZDASPEED6 force occupants to suffer a poor ride or excessive road noise in exchange for outstanding steering feel and feedback, and prodigious levels of cornering grip.

Engine-speed sensing power assisted steering gives superb feel and lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels wear 215/45R-18 high performance tires to give excellent levels of grip.  The generous stopping power is provided by 12.6-inch ventilated front discs, and 12.4-inch solid rear discs. Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) is standard and further reassurance comes with Traction Control and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). 

EYE-CATCHING STYLE TO MATCH THE BLINK-OF-AN-EYE SPEED

The MAZDASPEED6 looks fast but not furious.  Rather than emulating the hardcore street racer styling, Mazda has subtly enhanced the flowing lines of the MAZDA6 with a range of styling enhancements that have echoes of the spectacular RX-8 sports car.  At first glance there is no doubt this is still a MAZDA6, but with an all-new front fascia, hood, front fenders, headlights, rear fascia and tail lights, there's no mistaking that something special is under the hood. 

From the front, the most immediately attention-grabbing feature is the new grille and headlights.  Headlight buckets receive a dark grey tint for a more aggressive look and feel, and fog lights are moved into the lower bumper area.  Front fenders are aggressively flared to clear the larger wheels and send a powerful message.  The hood is bulged in order to clear the intercooler mounted on top of the engine, and cleverly integrates a hood scoop to feed cold outside air to the engine - again , no boy-racer speed "tricks" here. 

Extended side skirts, a re-profiled rear bumper with built-in diffuser and slots for the twin tailpipes, and a lip spoiler complete the aerodynamic and visual enhancements to the body.  Every modification from a standard MAZDA6 is intended to convey a sense of power, sophistication and solidity, and looks - as it was - to have been designed to fit the car.

New black cloth sports seats are designed to hold driver and passenger tightly in place when exploring the MAZDASPEED6's serious cornering capability.   An alloy pedal set has the benefits of saving weight, looking race-ready and providing enhanced feel for the driver. Scuff plates with stainless steel inserts are fitted on the door sills, and the instrument panel has a unique carbon-fiber-look trim.  The door handles are chrome-plated and the power window switches are silver to add to the sporty feel of the cabin.  Auto-up and -down operation for all four windows is standard - and the first time such a system has been fitted on a Mazda in the U.S.

The MAZDASPEED6 is available in six unique colors: Liquid Platinum Metallic, Black Mica, Whitewater Pearl Mica, Velocity Red Mica, Black Cherry Mica and Titanium Gray Metallic.  Again, the overall effect is of subtle sporting intention rather than in-your-face street racer.

Audiophiles will love the BOSE® seven-speaker 200-watt sound system. Offering an in-dash six-disc CD changer and SIRIUS ® satellite radio compatibility for access to more than 120 radio stations, this system provides exceptional clarity.

 The sound system and cruise control can be accessed from controls on the leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel and there is leather-wrapping for the gear shift knob and the parking brake handle as well.

Keyless entry with a retractable key is the standard way of accessing the cabin. Automatic climate control air conditioning with a pollen filter is also fitted.

The MAZDASPEED6 comes in two levels of trim: Sport and Grand Touring.  To the standard equipment listed above, the Grand Touring adds leather-trimmed seats in either black or a special black-and-white finish, with eight-way power adjustment and adjustable lumbar support for the driver's seat.  Both front seats are heated.  The Grand Touring can also be specified with an electric tilt-and-slide moonroof.

Also unique to the Grand Touring model is the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry & Start System, which allows the driver to access the vehicle and start the engine without having to produce a key.  Instead, a credit card-sized device simply has to be kept in the driver's pocket.  Upon approaching, the car "recognizes" the card and allows the doors to be unlocked - either the driver's door only or all four - and then allows the ignition to be started by the turn of a permanently attached "key" in the ignition.  On the off-chance of a System failure, an emergency key is embedded in the card device and can be used in the doors and ignition in a conventional manner. 

All models can be fitted with a navigation system and CAL Emissions Equipment.  

SAFETY AND SECURITY - NEVER COMPROMISED

Passenger safety and security are key features of every Mazda vehicle.

The MAZDASPEED6 employs MARS (Mazda Advanced Restraint System), which comprises advanced dual front airbags with crash zone and driver's seat position sensors to ensure accurate deployment in the event of an accident.

Dual front side-impact airbags and side air curtains are also fitted as standard, alongside whiplash-reducing front seat headrests. The front safety belts have pretensioners with force limiters and all occupants benefit from three-point safety belts.

Child safety is catered for with child-locks for the rear doors and LATCH system for mounting child safety-seats.  An alarm and immobilizer system is standard.

A four-year roadside assistance program is standard with every Mazda.  One call to a toll-free number provides roadside assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout the United States and Canada.  A free loaner car can also be provided in the event a warrantable condition requires the use of alternative transportation.

The MAZDASPEED6 is covered by a comprehensive four-year/50,000-mile warranty that covers every part of the vehicle except those subject to normal wear.

Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States.  Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MNAO has more than 700 dealerships nationwide.

 

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UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE CONTINUES

TO DEFINE THE MAZDASPEED® BRAND

 

IRVINE, Calif., - How do you give a Mazda even more Zoom-Zoom?  By turning to the automaker's badge of performance honor, MAZDASPEED®, of course.

MAZDASPEED is the company's high performance brand, committed to the need for speed and personalization through three separate but related, channels:  one which creates a range of aftermarket performance-boosting accessories, one which develops high-performance road cars, and one which promotes Mazda Motorsports activities around the world.

MAZDASPEED was originally established in 1967 under the team name "Mazda Sports Corner" at Mazda Auto Tokyo, Japan's largest Mazda dealer.  The aim of the team was to establish a Mazda presence at major motorsports events worldwide, which it did.

During the next 15 years, the team of hardcore Mazda racers campaigned almost every Mazda model, from the famed Cosmo 110S sports cars to RX-7s, at every road racing circuit from Japan to the U.S.

In 1983, Mazda Motor Corporation brought the MAZDASPEED team from Tokyo to the company's corporate headquarters in Hiroshima to help drive Mazda's factory racing ambitions.

     Now under the Mazda umbrella, MAZDASPEED continued to receive recognition for its amazing on-track performance and its many victories around the globe.  In 1991, the MAZDASPEED team succeeded in doing what no other Japanese auto maker before or since has been able to accomplish:  capturing the overall win at Le Mans, the world's most prestigious endurance race. 

Following the 1991 Le Mans race, the FIA outlawed rotary engines and Mazda was forced to enter its first piston engine for 1992.  Even so, Mazda still scored an impressive fourth-place finish, despite the team having to develop the sports racer in an incredibly short time.  

Due in part to not being able to race Mazda's trademark rotary engine, MAZDASPEED chose to discontinue its Le Mans program after the 1992 campaign.  MAZDASPEED began focusing more on the business side of motorsports and started developing and building aftermarket parts and accessories, while continuing grassroots motorsports initiatives. 

In 1999, Mazda Motor Corporation took full control of MAZDASPEED.

The MAZDASPEED name first appeared on a U.S. road car with the 2003 MAZDASPEED Protegé.  Boasting a turbocharged engine and highly acclaimed handling, it gained cult status.  Mazda took its turbo lessons learned on MAZDASPEED Protegé, and created a high performance version of the Miata, the MAZDASPEED MX-5 in 2004.  For 2006 the car to bear the MAZDASPEED name is the MAZDASPEED6.  And there's more to come in the future...

MAZDASPEED's motorsports success on the track in the U.S. has recently been highlighted with victories in the Grand Am Sport Touring Class (RX-8), SPEED World Challenge Touring Class (MAZDA6 and Protegé), Sports Car Club of America Club Racing (Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, Protegé) and the National Hot Rod Association's Sport Compact class (MAZDA6, RX-7, RX-8), and others. 

MAZDASPEED FOR THE STREET

Since that first MAZDASPEED Protegé, MAZDASPEED turned its expertise to the Miata, and now the MAZDA6.

The 2006 MAZDASPEED6 employs all the lessons learned by MAZDASPEED in its road and race car exploits to create a truly stunning car that comes straight from the factory to the dealership.  With a 274-horsepower, 2.3-liter Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission and Active-Split All-Wheel Drive, it's the ultimate Zoom-Zoom MAZDA6.

  

MAZDASPEED PERFORMANCE ACCESSORIES

The second arm of MAZDASPEED involves development, sales and distribution of an array of high performance accessories for street and racing use.  With expanding component availability for the RX-8, MX-5, MAZDA3, MAZDA6 and MX-5 Miata, MAZDASPEED Performance Accessories provide functional performance enhancement in the critical areas of suspension, powertrain, induction, exhaust, braking and styling systems.  Available in three levels of performance and warranty (depending on the part and whether it's intended for street or racing use), MAZDASPEED Performance Accessories provide any owner with their personal Zoom-Zoom.

MAZDASPEED accessories, parts and apparel are available only from select MAZDASPEED dealers (there are nearly 200 of them across the U.S.).  When parts and accessories are installed at a dealer, they carry the full Mazda warranty, which is honored nationwide.  No other aftermarket vendor can boast that, and few other manufacturer accessory programs do so either.

 

MAZDASPEED FOR THE TRACK

Motorsport is in Mazda's blood.  Today, Mazdas are campaigned at almost every level of motorsport from weekend amateurs participating in SCCA autocross to the professional American Le Mans series.

In 2004, MAZDASPEED-backed RX-8s campaigned by the SpeedSource team took overall victory in their debut season of the Grand Am Cup Street Touring Series, and are currently leading the 2005 field. 

The SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series has already seen MAZDA6 on the top of the podium and Mazda challenging for the manufacturers' championship. 

 In the professional Formula Mazda presented by Goodyear open wheel formula, young up-and-coming drivers dice wheel-to-wheel in identical cars powered by the same RENESIS rotary engine used in the RX-8 street car.  These are professional-level cars, offering performance that belies their low cost of entry and operation.  They are rapidly becoming the training ground of choice for top-level professional teams looking for talented young drivers.

Once more in 2005, the Mazda name is associated with Le Mans-style sprint and endurance racing.  In the 2005 season, B-K Motorsports has already scored wins in the LMP-2 class of the American Le Mans series with its R20B RENESIS rotary-powered Courage chassis.  B-K's two drivers are the best example of Mazda's motorsport training ground: they both graduated from the Formula Mazda series, one winning the SCCA National Amateur Championship, the other the national Professional championship.

And it's not just professional racers who Zoom-Zoom around America's circuits.  Every weekend there are more Mazdas involved in autocrossing and road racing on the parking lots and race courses across the country than any other brand of vehicle.  In SCCA amateur competition, fully 50-percent of the cars campaigned are Mazda-branded or Mazda-powered.  Through MAZDASPEED, the company supports these weekend warriors with parts discounts and performance-based contingency payouts

MAZDASPEED's passion for motorsport goes even further, extending to its support of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.  Mazda has been the driving force behind a multi-million dollar track improvement project, which has created one of the most formidable playing fields for speed junkies in America.

And having its "own" race circuit certainly delivers a competitive advantage to a brand unmatched in the business of performance, as Mazda Raceway is regularly used to tune and develop new models long before they go on sale.

Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States.  Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MNAO has more than 700 dealerships nationwide.

 

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EDITOR'S NOTE:  For more information on MAZDASPEED, visit www.mazdaspeedmotorsports.com.

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