Moonroof & Bose Package (includes Bose 10-speaker sound system, 333 watts with amplified subwoofer with 6-disc in-dash mp3-compatible CD changer, Sirius Satellite Radio receiver, and one-touch open and close moonroof with global open/close function.)
3,726cc (227 cu-in)
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
272 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
269 @ 4,250
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.148, II = 2.370, III = 1.555, IV = 1.154, V = 0.859, VI =0.685, FD = 3.329, R = 3.393
Best run: Mild brake torque and manual shifting with moderate wheelspin through 1st gear. Manual shift mode required because Drive will upshift to kill wheelspin. Engine makes ample power and shifts are quick.
Straight, confident stops with firm pedal feel. No fade, but this still isn't impressively sporty.
Less steering weight than I'd like (Mazda3's EPS is even better), and too much body roll for a Mazda. Still, it has better directional control than most competitors. In the slalom, the Mazda6 shows good pace, but isn't as easy to predict or place with its slightly muted responses due to the body roll.