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Mazda MX-6

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Mazda MX-6
Mazda
aka Miata
Production 1988-1997
Class Mid-size Sports
Body Style 2 dr Coupe
Length length - type here
Width Width - type here
Height Height - type here
Wheelbase wheelbase - type here
Weight Weight - you get the point
Transmission 5 speed Manual
4 speed Automatic, FWD
Engine 2.5L V6 24 valve DOHC
Power 157.3 hp @ 5600 rpm
175.2 lb-ft of torque @ 4800 rpm
Similar Honda Prelude
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The Mazda MX-6 was a front-wheel drive sporty coupe produced by Mazda between 1988 and 1997 to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Beretta, Toyota Celica, Nissan 240SX and Honda Prelude.

The MX-6 was mechanically identical to the Ford Probe. Both cars shared the Mazda GD platform (1988-1992) and GE platform (1993-1997). Along with the Ford Probe, the Mazda MX-6 was designed and built in America in a joint venture with Ford, called Auto Alliance.

See Wikicars' comprehensive Mazda MX-6 Review.

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Styles and Major Options

Year Model Engine Power Torque 0–60 mph (97 km/h) .25 mi (0.4 km) Top speed
1988–1992 DT, LX, LE 2.2 L (2184 cc) F2 I4 110 hp (82 kW) 130 ft·lbf (176 N·m)
1988–1992 GT 2.2 L (2184 cc) F2T turbo I4 145 hp (108 kW) 190 ft·lbf (258 N·m)
1993–1997 RS 2.0 L (1991 cc) FS I4 118 hp (88 kW) 127 ft·lbf (172 N·m)
1993–1997 LS 2.5 L (2497 cc) KL-DE V6 164 hp (122 kW) at 5600 rpm 156 ft·lbf (212 N·m) at 4000 rpm 7.2 15.6 at 88 mph (142 km/h) 129 mph (208 km/h)

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Engine and Transmission

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Performance and Handling

Prior to the older generation MX6, the 2nd generation switched from the more punchy turbocharged engine, to a smoother 2.5ltr V6, which pulled very well, providing excellent straight line speed and teamed with the 4 wheel steer option, proved to be a delight when cornering. As the MX6 is a relatively lightweight sports car and comes with 4WS (Four Wheel Steer), the front wheel drive's understeer is less prominent than one might expect. The 4 wheel steer provides excellent handling ability, with the rear wheels turning the opposite direction at slow speeds (-30kph), for exceptional handling when parking and manouvering around town, however when the car reaches higher speeds (+80kph) the rear wheels turn in the same direction for faster and swifter lane changes.

Reliability

The Mazda MX6 is reknown for its reliability. Very few unexpected problems occur with the MX6 and over the years, they have proven to be exceptionally easy to maintain. RAVC has given it a 4.5/5 star rating for reliability as well as other numerous safety organsations.

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Unique Attributes

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Interior

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Generations

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Second generation (1993-1997)

The second-generation car came out in the United States in late 1992 as a 1993 model. It used Mazda's GE platform, which it shared with the 626 and the Ford Probe. In Canada, the car was known as the MX-6 Mystére. The MX-6 came with Mazda-designed engines and was available in two trims:

  • The RS or base version came with a 2.0 L FS inline 4 producing 118 hp (88 kW)
  • The LS version came with a 2.5 L KL V6 producing 164 to 170 hp (122 to 127 kW), depending on the year.

In Japan, the 2.5 L V6 was the higher performance KLZE, while the 2.0 L was a I4 called the FS. In Europe and America, the 2.5 L V6 was a lower performance KL03. In Australia and Japan, four wheel steering was an option. In Australia, this E-spec mx6, (built in Japan for the Australian and European markets) was released to the Australian market in December 1991, as the GE10L1 model, which ran until August 1994, when the GE20L2 model was released, with different wheels and interior trim. This model lasted until the MX-6 finished in June 1997.

First Generation/Origins (1988-1992)

The first generation MX-6/Probe appeared in 1988 and lasted until 1992 in the United States. In some markets the model years were from 1987 to 1991. It was based on a series of futuristic concept cars of the early 1980s. It was a large coupe, based on the Mazda GD platform, and was powered by a 2.2 L SOHC I4 cylinder Mazda F2 engine. The base engine produced just 110 hp (82 kW), but a 145 hp (108 kW) turbocharged version was available.

This generation was available in several trim levels, which differ depending on the market the vehicle was sold in. In the United States, the MX-6 was available in DX, LX, LE, and GT trim levels:

  • DX was the "bare bones" model, offering the base 110 hp/130 ft.lbf F2 2.2 L engine and few options, but most MX-6s sold in the U.S. were equipped with air conditioning.
  • LX added power windows, power locks, and power mirrors, as well as an optional electric moonroof.
  • LE was a rare "Leather Edition" model that the same as the LX and included leather seating surfaces and a leather wrapped shift knob on manual transmission-equipped vehicles.
  • GT included all options from the LX, but also stepped up to the F2T 2.2L turbocharged, intercooled engine, which put out 145 hp and 190 ft.lbf of torque delivering a significant performance boost. It also had 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS and 3 way adjustable suspension.

In 1989, Mazda offered a special four wheel steering (commonly abbrieviated 4WS) option on MX-6 GTs destined for the U.S. This system consisted of an electronically controlled rear steering rack that turned the rear wheels opposite to the fronts at low speeds to improve cornering, and turned the rear wheels with the fronts at high speeds to improve highway lane change manuvering.

European and Asian spec vehicles commonly received either the 1.8 L SOHC or 2.0 L SOHC FE engine in GLX models, or the 2.0 L DOHC FE engine (sometimes called FE3) in their GT models. 4WS was a common option for European MX-6s. Australian vehicles were almost always equipped with same the 2.2 L turbocharged F2 motor as the U.S., as well as 4WS.


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