The Mazda6 could receive a generous boost in power, according to a recent report.
Mazda engineer Dave Coleman revealed the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that debuted recently under the hood of the CX-9 crossover fits in the 6‘s engine bay without major modifications. It makes 227 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and a robust 310 pound-feet of torque when it’s burning regular gasoline, while feeding it premium bumps horsepower up to 250.
To put those figures into perspective, the 6’s only engine in the United States is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter that produces 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. Interestingly, Coleman pointed out the new turbo four also fits between the fenders of the Mazda3 (pictured), though a 250-horsepower 3 would likely be billed as a performance-focused offering. Don’t expect Mazda to shove the turbo four in the CX-3, however.
“I’d love to put it in a CX-3. But it only ‘hot-rod’ fits into a CX-3. It doesn’t production fit. The belts are rubbing on the frame rails,” explained the engineer. in an interview with Australian website CarAdvice.
The engine fits, but that doesn’t guarantee the 3 and the 6 will soon benefit from a bump in power. Product planners haven’t decided which model(s) – if any – will be offered with the turbo four, and Mazda hasn’t asked its engineers to build test mules yet.
Photos by Ronan Glon.