Junkyard Find: 2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed6
Back in 2006, Jonny Lieberman reviewed the then-new Mazdaspeed6 for this publication. He deemed it ugly and slow off the line, but didn't question the reason for its existence. As it turned out, very few car shoppers felt the need to own a Mazdaspeed6, and it got the axe after just two model years. Here's one of the handful that made it out of dealerships, found in a self-service boneyard in Tulsa, Oklahoma a few months back.
This is the second Mazdaspeed6 I've found in a car graveyard, after a 2007 in a facility near Denver, Colorado. In both cases, I've been skeptical that I had a legitimate Mazdaspeed6, but the VINs check out.
It wasn't nearly as wild-looking as those two, though. The decklid spoiler was subdued and where's the monstrous hood scoop?
Some knowledgeable junkyard shopper grabbed the engine and transaxle out of this car, perhaps in order to swap it into a platform cousin such as the Mercury Milan. It was a very nervous 2.3-liter straight-four, making 274 turbocharged horses.
The only transmission available in the Mazdaspeed6 was a six-speed manual. Power went to all four wheels, naturally.
The interior is grimy and full of leaves, but the body looks to have been in good condition before it got here and someone bought most of the front body.
You don't see many Grumpy Cat stickers these days.
Why did the Mazdaspeed6 (or MazdaSpeed6, Mazda Speed6, Mazdaspeed 6, or whatever variation you prefer) fail to sell well? Was it insufficiently fast and/or furious? Or was it guilty of being a sedan with three pedals in a slushboxed truck world? Feel free to speculate in the comments.
*Ed. note -- the failure of this car to sell well is depressing. I really wanted one, and would've bought one had I had more money back then.
[Images: The author]
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