The number of American vehicle consumers in 2006 as well as 2007 thought about a Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, or Nissan Altima … and after that determined to purchase a factory-hot-rod variation of the Mazda6 with 274 turbocharged horse power, all-wheel-drive, as well as a six-speed handbook transmission? Few! Readily available below for simply those 2 version years, the Mazdaspeed6 never ever made much of a perception on our vehicle society, so I was alarmed to discover one in a Denver-area backyard while making my car-graveyard rounds.
We’ll reduce to the chase as well as allow you understand that some fortunate junkyard consumer ordered that wild 2.3-liter 4 banger as well as its twin turbochargers. Probably it has actually been switched right into a Ford Emphasis (which utilizes an associated engine) now.
While the six-speed transaxle is lengthy gone, the shifter continues to be. By 2007, hands-on transmissions in any kind of US-market car were exceptionally unusual.
I examined the VIN as well as, yes, it’s an actual Mazdaspeed6. Not that you would certainly discover several regular Mazda6s with hands-on transmissions, yet individuals do swap badges.
Evidently, the vehicle was as soon as possessed by a follower of this London-based “emo-tinged indie rock” band.
One more rare-but-not beneficial vehicle established for a day with The Crusher.
The Mazda6 was called the Atenza in its homeland.
In Europe, it was the Mazda6 MPS.
This vehicle showed up throughout the “Zoom-Zoom” period of Mazda.