Mazda MX- 6

The first generation MX-6 surfaced in the United States in 1988 and remained on the market until 1992. Granted, in some markets, the model years were from 1987 to 1991. The Mazda MX-6 was based on a series of futuristic concept cars of the early 1980s. This large coupe, based on the Mazda GD platform, was powered by the I4 Mazda F engines. The United States market made use of the F2 2.2 L engine, while the base engine produced just 110 hp, but a 145 hp turbocharged version was available for anyone that was interested. European and Japanese market versions were shipped with different engines though. In reality, the MX-6 was mechanically identical to the Ford Probe. Both cars shared the GD and GE platforms over a series of years. Along with the Ford Probe, the Mazda MX-6 was designed and built in America in a joint venture with Ford, called Auto Alliance. This joint venture was responsible for a number of Mazda models although the benefit to either company is really not known. This front-wheel drive sporty coupe had to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Beretta, the Toyota Celica, the Nissan 240SX and the Honda Prelude. By 1989, Mazda offered a special four-wheel steering option on the MX-6 GTs destined for the United States. This system included an electronically controlled rear steering rack that turned the rear wheels opposite to the fronts. This was only done at low speeds but it did improve cornering. At high speeds it would improve highway lane change maneuvering. This option was indeed available through all of the years for the GT models in other markets. The Mazda MX-6 faired decently in the market although it was not the favorite Mazda model, but certainly not the worst – that might be the MPV minivan.