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It looks like our family cousins over at Mazda are on a roll with the recent introduction of the Protege MP3 and Protege-5. Now they are set to introduce the all new Mazda-6 and RX-8! Check it out! ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM! <P><B>Mazda-6</B><BR>The engine range will be initially a 1.8-liter (120bhp), 2.0 (143bhp) and 2.3-liter (166bhp) 4 cylinders, a 2.0-liter Common-Rail DIesel (136bhp) and later a 3.0-liter V6 (220bhp). It will be available as a sedan, wagon, or hatchback.<P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2001/10/17/WKA2001101730637_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2001/10/17/WKA2001101730606_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2001/10/17/WKA2001101730707_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2001/10/17/WKA2001101730622_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2001/10/17/WKA2001101731665_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2001/10/17/WKA2001101730653_pv.jpg"> <P>-Drew
 

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<B>Mazda RX-8</B><BR>250bhp, 6-speed, RWD, naturally aspirated rotary RENISIS engine!<P> <IMG SRC="http://images.rotarynews.com/images/RX-8Tokyo/lst_126.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://images.rotarynews.com/images/RX-8Tokyo/lst_127.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://images.rotarynews.com/images/RX-8Tokyo/lst_125.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://images.rotarynews.com/images/RX-8Tokyo/lst_124.jpg"> <P>-Drew
 

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Both are very interesting looking.<P>Drove the RX-8 already..well not exactly, played it in GT3. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/tongue.gif"> The car almost looked a bit S2K-ish.<P>The Mazada-6 has this Peugeot 406 headlamp look to it. Kinda cool..too bad no somehow more exciting engines. <BR>
 

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That RX8 is cool and all, but they should do a rotary powered version of that 6. The 6, with an AWD system and a rotary motor would be a great competitor to a car like the Audi S4 or a smaller competitor to the S60R even. While I'd rather see a hot sedan from Volvo, I have to say that a rotary powered sedan is very enticing.<P>Anyone know if the 6 uses a ford corporate platform? It looks too big for Focus, and too small for the S60 (which I doubt they'd use anyway). So I guess that leaves the new Mondeo/X-type platform right? Unless Mazda is still using their own....<P>If it is the new Mondeo, then we already know that AWD is available.<P>I could do wihtout those taillights though. Everyone seems to be knocking them off of Lexus (like the new Altima) and I haven't seen a car yet that they look good on.
 

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I would assume that the car is Mondeo based, judging by Ford's move to consolidate platforms. That'd be interesting though, as the current 626 sells considerably lower in the market than the Jag, and that could have some sort of model dilution for the X-type. We'll see I guess. <P>So is the yellow sedan an MP6? I'll have to do some digging around at the Mazda press server to see what I can come up with.
 

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Those tail light is just this silly trend they have. In order to fulfill the mainstream buyers....I guess they will do anything they could to make some sales.<P>Heck...I think the Sun Fire (and pretty much rest the Pontiac fleet) is ugly as sin, but you still see lots next door girl type consumers buying them left and right.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Evolvo:<BR><B><BR>Anyone know if the 6 uses a Ford corporate platform? Unless Mazda is still using their own. If it is the new Mondeo, then we already know that AWD is available.<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>According to what I have heard, the new Mazda-6 uses its own platform and has nothing to do with the corporate Mondeo platform. This does sound strange to me though, because earlier reports said that this car would use the Mondeo platform.<P>I think that Mazda choose not to use the RENISIS engine for the Mazda-6 because it has relatively low torque characteristics 153lb.ft vs. its 250bhp rating. Plus, it only makes lots of horsepower at very high RPM's. The RENISIS seems more favorable for 'sports-type' cars because it redlines at a lofty 10,000 rpm, even higher than the Honda S2000 engine.<P>Here are some interior pictures of the Mazda-6.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.elmundomotor.com/elmundomotor/galeria/2001/10/16/mazda/7_g.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.elmundomotor.com/elmundomotor/galeria/2001/10/16/mazda/8_g.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.elmundomotor.com/elmundomotor/galeria/2001/10/16/mazda/9_g.jpg"> <P>-Drew<BR><p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 10-18-2001).]
 

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The 6 uses an entirely new platform, developed solely by and for Mazda. <BR>The new 2.3 L 4-cyl produces 178 hp (!) in its european version, which is quite outstanding for a normally-aspirated 4-cylinder. Of course I would have liked to see the Renesis in more Mazda cars, but I guess Mazda want to keep the RX-8 (and RX-7) unique. Not even the next generation Miata is getting the Renesis (information from Mazda).
 
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