Mazda MX-6 2.5i GT.
One of the best cars I've ever driven, for lots of reasons, only some of which I can put to words here.
The first thing you notice when driving an MX-6 is how smooth the engine is, and how there is power available to you throughout the rev range, even from right down low. The engine is happy to idle about town, in 5th gear from about 20mph and that's V6 torque for you.
Start to wind the engine higher, and you unleash a whole new beast. From 2,500 to 3,000 RPM the note changes from a low burble to a rather pleasing growl, and from 3,000 upwards it just gets better and better all the way up to the redline.
The power figures for the standard MX-6 are not exactly mindblowing. The 2.5 litre 24 valve V6 powerplant produces 165 BHP at 5500 RPM, and 156 f/lbs of torque at 5000 RPM. What makes the engine great is the fact that the Variable Resonance Induction System (VRIS) ensures a high/wide torque band from 3000-6500 RPM.
Checkout some of the MX-6 related links on the menu system for more tecnical information.
A dream, pure and simple. The MX-6 is one of those cars that can handle the twisty B roads and put a huge smile on your face... AND effortelessly whisk away hundreds of miles leaving the driver feeling as refreshed and relaxed as they were when they began the journey.
As a true track car it doesn't have enough power, and the handling might be a little on the soft side, but on a tight track where the straights are minimal and a car has to take positions by handling better than it's rivals, the MX-6 shines. Adjustable suspenension is a worthwhile addition if you really intend on taking it round a track, as the standard is a (very good) compromise.
It's also just as happy and just as much fun to drive round town.
The closest I've come to its handling are some of the newer "tuned" BMW 325i's but although they're in the same class... the MX-6 is better by a significant margin. ;o)
The MK1 MX-6 was a not particularly good looking car, and luckily was not seen in the UK at all, however the MK2 was the first MX-6 to grace the UK shores. The MK2 first saw the light of day in 1992 and now, over 10 years later it still looks fresh, clean and distinctive.
The rarity of the MX-6 is just another bonus for owning one, I recieved nothing but compiments and admiring glances. Plus when another "6'er" sees you, there's the obligatory "flash and wave" of acknowedgement :oD
Living with the MX-6.
Completely trouble free. In the 5 years I owned my MX-6 it never missed a single beat, Japanese relliability at its best.
Parts and servicing were been no more expensive than any other family saloon. I averaged between 24 (track) and 38 mpg (road) all-in-all a truly affordable grand tourer for the everyday person.
When Mazda produced the MX-6 they produced something really stunning. To give an example of what could have happened, just look at the Ford Probe, it shares the engine, and a majority of the chassis, two of the things that make the MX-6 great. However the Probe is well known for it's distinctly lacklustre handling and un-inspiring performance. Full credit to the Mazda engineers for going to extra lengths to produce the MX-6 and make it what it is.
The MX-6 is a gorgeous car to drive, to look at, and to live with.