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Old 12-02-2005, 01:18 AM
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I have to admit I'm jealous of all that torque and hp, this is a real rocketship. If you can get past paying mid-$30's for a loaded midsize Mazda, you'll be blowing the doors off a lot of unsuspecting Audis, Lexus', and BMW's who paid $5k to $10k more. The Mazda is MUCH better looking than the Evo or STI. Those cars, while they're very fast, look to have been designed by my 4-yr-old.

When it comes down to it, though, in a car like that I'd lose my friggin license, I'd be in it all the time. Plus, I just love my TSX too much.
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Originally Posted by peter_bigblock
I have to admit I'm jealous of all that torque and hp, this is a real rocketship. If you can get past paying mid-$30's for a loaded midsize Mazda, you'll be blowing the doors off a lot of unsuspecting Audis, Lexus', and BMW's who paid $5k to $10k more. The Mazda is MUCH better looking than the Evo or STI. Those cars, while they're very fast, look to have been designed by my 4-yr-old.

When it comes down to it, though, in a car like that I'd lose my friggin license, I'd be in it all the time. Plus, I just love my TSX too much.
I can't get over how the interior is "toyish". I don't like it.
Anyone can go fast with forced induction.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:35 AM
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Well, I'll try to get a first hand look today. One dealer I contacted emailed me the other day saying they had two cars on the ground ready to be test driven. If it really is as god as they claim, and the numbers work out, I may consider one of these...
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Old 12-02-2005, 01:19 PM
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Anyone can go fast with forced induction.
I don't think some of the automakers have gotten the memo.
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Old 12-03-2005, 04:19 AM
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are they making a mazdaspeed RX-8? that id like to see.. but stick with rwd, just turbo it ala RX-7
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Old 12-03-2005, 09:24 AM
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are they making a mazdaspeed RX-8? that id like to see.. but stick with rwd, just turbo it ala RX-7
I haven't heard anything. An MS8 would get like 3.1mpg and burn 2QT of oil every week though.

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Old 12-03-2005, 01:15 PM
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I haven't heard anything. An MS8 would get like 3.1mpg and burn 2QT of oil every week though.

as long as its fast and fun to drive, i wouldnt care
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Next Gen. Mazda 6 News **Out next spring (page 1)**







Mazda's midsize sedan getting bigger for 2008 - - By Ed Hellwig - - Source: Edmunds.com

After a four-year run with the Mazda 6 on the market, Mazda is finally upgrading its midsize family sedan. Our latest spy photos show a development mule undergoing tests on the streets of Detroit. It's wearing current sheet metal, but we suspect it's riding on the chassis of the 2008 Mazda 6 sedan.

The prototype might not give away any styling details, but its strange appearance does give a few hints to some of the car's expected changes. For one, the next-generation Mazda 6 is going to be bigger. Originally designed for Japanese and European markets, the current model's narrow cabin and limited backseat room have been a constant source of criticism.

This prototype clearly has a wider track as the rear tires barely fit underneath the extended wheel arches. You can also see a cutline running over the rear-quarter panels and wider B-pillars which suggest this prototype is several inches longer than the current model. More width and length would be welcome upgrades as the 2007 Toyota Camry and 2007 Honda Accord both have significantly bigger cabins than the current Mazda 6.

Another major upgrade is expected under the hood. With only 215 horsepower, the current model's 3.0-liter V6 is no match for the V6s from Honda and Toyota. Even the Hyundai Sonata makes the Mazda look weak.

For 2008, we expect the next-generation Mazda 6 will upgrade to Ford's new 3.5-liter V6. This engine debuts in the Ford Edge and Lincoln Mark X crossovers this year as well as the Lincoln Mark Z sedan, a car which shares the Mazda 6's CD3 platform.

With 250 hp and 240 pound-feet of torque, the DOHC V6 won't exactly put Mazda at the top of the family sedan pecking order, but it won't be looking up from the bottom either. A six-speed automatic transmission should help make up for some of its lack of power versus the competition. Ford also claims the new engine can be easily upgraded with new technology like gasoline direct injection, a hybrid drive system, or a turbocharger for more power.

Although Mazda could use the help right now, we don't expect to see this new Mazda 6 for at least another year, probably longer. With two new crossovers hitting the market and a Mazdaspeed 3 on the way, the small Japanese company will need some time before it's ready to launch such a crucial car.

Hopefully the extra year will give Mazda engineers some time to tweak the V6 to give the new sedan the power it needs to compete. Expect to see the results sometime next spring.

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The taillights look the same to me
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:23 AM
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The ass end looks exactly the same.
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:52 AM
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The ass end looks exactly the same.
Read the article. This is a test mule; new chassis/powertrain with old sheetmetal.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:43 PM
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:44 PM
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^^ Front looks good...side looks meh.
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Old 06-06-2006, 11:16 PM
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looks just like the suv
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Opining on Frankensteins like this is not very useful.
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Old 06-07-2006, 07:50 AM
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It looks like an attracitve, logical evolution.
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Old 06-07-2006, 08:04 AM
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Not exactly pushing the envelope, but it looks ok I guess.
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:10 PM
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Future Products — Mazda - - By AUTOMOTIVE NEWS - - Source: Autoweek

Mazda6: A redesign comes in spring. It will share components with the Ford Fusion, which itself is a massaged version of the original Mazda6.

The new Mazda6 will be considerably longer, much of the extra length going into second-row seating. It still will be smaller than foes such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The V-6 gets bumped up to 3.5 liters.
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Old 08-16-2006, 06:18 PM
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Wow, so it's getting the 3.5L V6 from the MKZ before the Fusion? Interesting.
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Old 08-16-2006, 09:36 PM
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How much bigger did it get if it's still smaller than an Accord, which is now considered one of the smaller midsize sedans on the market? I didn't even think it was that much smaller than the Honda to begin with.
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:04 AM
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Hmm...looks promising I think.
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Agreed. The jeweled taillights aren't unlike the Aura. It also seems to have grown a bit to the size of the very bulbous Camry.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:47 AM
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yup, definitely looks promising.

i think the 6 wagon is one of the better looking wagons today.
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I need them to take off the camo and then give my thoughts on it.
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^ I have no idea where all the "looks promising" comments are coming from...can't see anything.
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Teaser pic of the 09. Not bad at all.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/wp-conte...59&idg=1&idi=1
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looks very good...

looks like it continues the trend from the cx-7 and cx-9, which i think are good looking cars.
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:05 AM
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thats hot. best looking front end in its class
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Teaser pic of the 09. Not bad at all.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/wp-conte...59&idg=1&idi=1
not bad at all.
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I like it. Now if they'd just give up on the clear tails. Really, that was cool 6 years ago.
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Not too shabby. Looks very European, very Opel/Vauxhall...
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The car looks happy.
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:03 PM
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I like those defined front fenders.
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I like it. Now if they'd just give up on the clear tails. Really, that was cool 6 years ago.
Love the look of the LED tails on the MazdaSpeed3.

If the new 6 offers better refinement - looks like a def winner.
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I like it. I hope it gets the Cyclone V6 to go with the redesign.
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Love the look of the LED tails on the MazdaSpeed3.

If the new 6 offers better refinement - looks like a def winner.
Okay they are better than the MS6. I'll give you that much. The current Mz6 tails are awful. Altimas are teh worst IMO.
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looks good, kinda reminds me of the 3, but I think the angle has a lot to do with that. Can't wait to see the whole thing.
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Pic for those lazy to click dommy's link:

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Teaser pic of the 09. Not bad at all.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/wp-conte...59&idg=1&idi=1
not feeling it.
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