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Mazda - 626 MPS

Original name: マツダ 626 MPS


Mazda shows special 626 concept at Geneva

High-performance 626 MPS is test-bed for sports tuning ideas

Mazda 626’s fine reputation in Europe has been enhanced by its excellent versatility and safety features. On top of that popular range, the high-performance version debuts at the Geneva Motor Show as a test-bed for sports tuning parts and to assess its production feasibility. This concept model is designated 626 MPS, which denotes “Mazda Performance Series”. It has been developed to bring out the full potential of the existing 626 to meet the ever-rising demand for high-performance four-door saloons. The 626 MPS has the pedigree of a sports car, for it is based on the technologies of Mazda Speed, an affiliate of Mazda Motor Corporation and winners of the 1991 Le Mans 24-hour Endurance Race.

While retaining the functional and stylish lines of the recently re-launched 626’s design, the 626 MPS has been radically transformed into a powerful and sporty performance car. The exterior gains a more dynamic presence with the use of a larger rear spoiler – which provides downforce to retain traction for the rear tyres – plus front spoiler, side skirt, over-fender and oversize aluminium wheels. These items not only add to the appearance but also significantly enhance the car’s aerodynamic and cooling performance.

In keeping with the exterior changes, the interior has white instrument faces, special seats, and aluminium pedals. Despite the sporting nature of the 626 MPS it also has exceptional functionality, with a spacious luggage area, long load capability through the rear seats – to take skis, for example – plus ample storage locations.

Modifications for enhanced handling and performance include the use of a Twin-Turbo with Mazda’s well-proven KL-ZE 2.5-litre V6 engine, plus increased capacity of the intercooler, radiator and oil-cooler.

Combined with special E.C.U. and straight-through silencer, the 626 MPS generates maximum output of 206kW (280ps) at 6,500rpm and maximum torque of 392Nm at 4,000rpm. A lightweight flywheel is employed to facilitate engine responsiveness A 5-speed manual gearbox is combined with reinforced clutch and full-time 4WD system to transmit the outstanding power yet retain traction. Handling performance is also greatly enhanced by 12-stage dampers and height-adjustable suspension, plus lowprofile tyres with an exceptionally wide footprint.

The brake system employs 6-pot front and 4-pot rear callipers and large diameter discs in order to deliver exceptional braking performance to match the demands of spirited driving on a racetrack.

Major Specifications of Mazda 626 MPS

 

Dimensions & Weight

 

 

Overall length

mm

4,600

Overall width

mm

1,800

Overall height

mm

1,410

Wheelbase

mm

2,610

Kerb weight

kg

1,380

Engine

 

 

Type

Water-cooled V-type 6-cylinder DOHC 24V

Displacement

cc

2,496

Max. Power

EEC (kW/rpm)

206/6,500

Max. Torque

EEC (Nm/rpm)

392/4,000

Transmission type

 

5MT

Brake type

Front

6-pot caliper, 345 mm disc

 

Rear

4-pot caliper, 315 mm disc

Tyres & Wheels

 

 

Tyres

Front / Rear

235/40 ZR18

Wheels

Front / Rear

18x8J Alloy

 

SOURCE: Mazda

Shows

2000  Geneva

Types

Sedan

Picture places

Mazda 

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