Undoubtedly, the basis of our visit to Andalusia is a beautiful marketing move. The creators of the most powerful Mazda 6, the MPS version, have not missed the opportunity to tint the character of this car. They contrasted the energy, the sophistication of engineering settings with the image of a powerful and moving animal, famous for its rampant temper. There are round arenas, bull statues, and even a bullfighting museum. Everything is saturated with the fury of the crowd, then, with blood, with the confrontation of man and an angry animal.
No, the role of a matador is not for me. At least in relation to a bright red car standing at a distance. No matter what the creators make, the Mazda 6 MPS looks extremely friendly. Of course, the energy of 260 “horses” can be seen in the appeared hump of the hood, a predatory slot in the front bumper, and a radiator grill. Power is emphasized by aerodynamic linings and a rear spoiler, elements of the exhaust system. Everything here is adult, as befits the Mazda Performance Series, because this is how the MPS prefix is decrypted. At the same time, we must pay tribute, the stylists clearly did not seek excessive aggression. “But, perhaps, the role of the bull is not for her” - with this thought I am going to get acquainted with Mazda.
SCIENCE TO BELIEVE
The motor roars juicyly at high speeds. The slightest touch on the accelerator - the car, as if under the influence of a powerful spring, irresistibly rushes forward. The speedometer needle has long jumped over double-digit marks, and there is no time to look at it. After all, as if in an accelerated film, the serpentine rushes towards it with tripled speed.
Short braking before the turn, turn the steering wheel, gas. The body is poured with leaden weight, and once again with an unkind word I remember not a sports seat at all: it clearly does not match the capabilities of the machine. Now the tires are rolling, then the stabilization system is activated, and everything around will immediately become colorless, uninteresting. But no, the chipper merges into an endless gray line, the Mazda tilts slightly and suddenly as if sticks to the road, prescribing a turn in one breath. Wow, that doesn't happen! The colleague sitting to the right mutters something slurred. It seems that he does not really believe in the reality of what is happening.
Meanwhile, the wheels are already wet from the rain under the wheels. It seems - you can’t do without slides. And again, the car is almost perfect on an arc. Slightly scouring the front axle outward, she immediately returns to a given path, sensitively following the steering wheel and gas.
Down there, on the autobahn, the Mazda was different, more familiar or something. It was felt: this car has an excellent turbo engine, flexible, economical, "shooting" in the range from 2000 to 5500 rpm. The all-wheel drive transmission, now fashionable, with a rear axle connected via a clutch. Good, well-thought-out ergonomics, a spacious rear seat, a very clear gearbox and a smooth ride unexpected for a sports car. All these features have almost developed into the image of a fast car "for every day."
Apparently, this was not enough for the engineers. Having conjured over the body, chassis and transmission, they brought the car to the level of an upscale tool. No wonder we were told in such detail about the rear limited slip differential, stiffer springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars! Of course, in this version the trunk has become a little smaller, and the back seat does not fold out. But the rigidity of the body has increased, and for a fast car this is very important.
So I affirm the objections to the bulls and matadors.
MOST FAST GROWING MARKET
This is about Russia. A similar sales growth is not known by any of Mazda's European dealers. This means that out of 3, 000 MPS copies planned for 2006, several hundred will come to us. Defined prices and equipment. There are only two of them, the only difference is the availability of the hatch: $ 42, 300 and $ 43, 300, respectively. Agree, against the background of competitors it looks pretty attractive.
IN THIS AUTO THE MAZDA IDEOLOGY FORMULATED AS “JIMBA-ITTAI”, THAT IS THE UNITY OF THE HORSES AND THE SKAUNK, IS MOST FULLY REALIZED
HOW IT IS DONE
At individual points on the Mazda-6MPS body, additional high-strength steel amplifiers are welded in and are installed at the pre-assembly stage. They increased the stiffness by 50% and helped make the car so seamless, easy to drive.