The Mazda6 MPS, flagship model of the very successful Mazda6 range and the most powerful Mazda production sedan of all time, will be launched across Europe at the beginning of this year. It is Mazda’s entry into the growing market for high-performance sedans. In developing the new Mazda6 MPS, the primary goal was to create a vehicle that takes Mazda Zoom-Zoom to a new level for spirited dynamic performance. And in this Mazda has succeeded. With its turbocharged MZR 2.3 DISI* petrol engine, Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive and a chassis optimized for the increases in power and torque, the Mazda6 MPS is Zoom-Zoom driving enjoyment at its very best.
Petrol direct-injection and turbocharging are the primary power sources for the new four-cylinder engine from Mazda’s MZR family of petrol powerplants. It produces a maximum of 260 Hp at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque of 280 lbs-ft is available from as low as 3,000 rpm. As a result, the Mazda6 MPS accelerates from 0 to 60 miles in just 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph, making it one of the fastest sedans in the segment, and couples this with a combined fuel consumption of 2.69 galons per 62 miles. A newly-developed six-speed manual transmission makes the MPS driving experience even more enjoyable. Its compact, three-shaft design has a wider gear ratio setting, which allows the driver to exploit the engine’s power to the fullest.
Depending on road surface and driving situation, Mazda6 MPS’s Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive system applies up to 50 percent of engine power to the rear wheels. Using information about steering angle, yaw rate, lateral G-force and engine status, an electronically controlled active torque coupling mounted in front of the rear differential distributes power between the front and rear axles for just the right amount of torque in every driving situation. The system uses three different all-wheel drive protocols, chosen automatically by the car’s engine control module so the driver can concentrate on the road ahead: “Normal,” “Sport” and “Stability” for slippery driving surfaces like snow.
Local reinforcements to the body shell were made at sub-assembly level to deliver a stiffer body and chassis to handle the increase in power output of the new Mazda6 MPS. These new features resulted in a 50 percent increase in torsional stiffness compared to the standard four-door Mazda6 sedan. Besides giving the car a more rigid body, the engineers of the motor sports division Mazdaspeed tuned the chassis to be sportier without sacrificing Mazda6’s already high levels of ride comfort. A double-wishbone front suspension system and a multi-link rear suspension are employed. Both are equipped with stronger dampers, coil springs with higher spring rates and thicker stabilizer bars. In addition, the brake system has been enhanced with larger front and rear disc brakes installed in large 18-inch wheels with a unique design.