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Also calledMazdaspeed Atenza, Mazda 6 MPS
AssemblyHiroshima and Hofu, Japan
Body style(s)4-door sedan
LayoutFront engine / all-wheel drive
PlatformFord CD3 platform
Engine(s)MZR 2.3 L Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo-charged I4
Transmission(s)6-speed manual
Wheelbase2,675 mm (105.3 in)
Length4,690 mm (184.6 in)
Width1,780 mm (70.1 in)
Height1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Curb weight1628 kg (3589 lb)
Fuel capacity18 US gal (68 L; 15 imp gal)
RelatedFord Edge
Ford Fusion
Lincoln MKX
Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln Zephyr
Mazda CX-7
Mazda CX-9
Mercury Milan
ManualsService Manual

The 2006 MAZDASPEED6 (known as Mazdaspeed Atenza in Japan and Mazda 6 MPS in Europe and Australia) is a high-performance version of the Mazda 6. It features a turbocharged version of the 2.3 L MZR I4 which produces 272 PS (200 kW) (European version is detuned to 260 PS (191 kW); the North American version, at 274 hp (204 kW), is more powerful). This 2.3 L DISI turbocharged engine features direct fuel injection 18" inch alloy wheels and conforms to the new Euro 5 emissions standards. It has a revised front fascia with a raised hood, a 6-speed manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. The all wheel drive system uses Mazda's Active Torque Split computer-based control which routes up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels depending on driving conditions. Mazda currently has no plans to enter the car into rally racing, and the Mazdaspeed Atenza could be meant to compete with its Japanese-made rival, the Subaru Legacy GT and similar sport sedans like the rally-car-derived Subaru Impreza WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Originally scheduled to be launched in June 2005, the Mazdaspeed Atenza was delayed until November. In North America, the MAZDASPEED 6 comes in two trim levels; the "Sport" trim with cloth interior and standard key entry and ignition; and the "Grand Touring" trim with leather interior, keyless entry/ignition, and an optional DVD navigation. Automatic climate control is standard, as is a 200 W Bose stereo system featuring seven speakers and a 9 in (229 mm) subwoofer in addition to an in-dash six-disc CD changer. A sunroof with moonroof feature is optional on the Grand Touring trim.

Although Mazda estimates 0-60 mph times to be 6.2 seconds, recent independent tests by automotive journalists have suggested that the actual numbers might range between 5.4-6.0 seconds (with DSC deactivated).

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Preceded by
Renault Laguna
Semperit Irish Car of the Year
Succeeded by
Toyota Avensis