- Is the MX-6 an underrated '90s star?

The Mazda MX-6 is the sports car time forgot

Could the MX-6 be making a comeback?

2y ago

Mazda is no stranger to making sports cars, with its most famous examples being the MX-5 and RX-7 - but the brand also created a handful of coupes that have been largely forgotten, such as the MX-6.

Recently Mazda trademarked the ‘MX-6’ nameplate, which has people wondering if the company is planning to revive its front-wheel drive sports coupe.

First introduced in 1987, the MX-6 was simply a two-door version of the 626, sharing the same running gear and styling as the sedate sedan.

You wouldn't look twice at the first MX-6.

You wouldn't look twice at the first MX-6.

Power came from a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo, which produced a mere 100kW of power, but 233Nm of torque.

In 1989, four-wheel steering (4WS) was added to improve cornering at low and high speeds.

The second generation arrived in 1991 and was still identical to the 626 under the skin, but outside the coupe received more unique styling.

Still a good-looking car, even by today's standards.

Still a good-looking car, even by today's standards.

The turbocharged engine was also ditched for a 2.5-litre V6, which was good for 121kW/213Nm.

Connected to the V6 was either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto, while the MX-6 was again offered with 2WS or 4WS.

The 2.5-litre V6 was a sweet sounding unit.

The 2.5-litre V6 was a sweet sounding unit.

The MX-6 lasted for 10 years before being discontinued in ’97 alongside its sister car, the Ford Probe.

If the assumptions are true, a new version could be based on the Mazda 6 and use a turbo 2.5-litre, which might be enough for enthusiasts to forgive Mazda for not creating another MPS model.

Would you like to see a new MX-6? Let us know in the comments.

Like the story? Be sure to check out more of our stuff here.

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Join In

Comments (18)

  • Yes, that might work. It’s an opportunity to take Mazda in a different direction to the current crop and that would be refreshing.

      2 years ago
  • My dad had 2 of these ... the v6 was so silky smooth you'd only hear it as it buzzed around to 7500rpm.

    It was my favorite sleeper when I was a boy

      2 years ago
    • Redbook says that the 1994 2 litre 4 cylinder Ford Telstar, 5 speed manual which the MX-5 is partially derived from, will return about 6.6 litres / 100 km on the highway. And, if serviced regularly, they were quite reliable. I think this is the...

      Read more
        2 years ago
  • I think it has been forgotten because of it’s Ford cousin the Probe. The Probe is the car that we wished was erased from our memories and the probe got so much more attention because of how terrible they were that we forgot about the MX-6.

      2 years ago
  • The last gen RX7’s little sister and damn near as pretty!

      2 years ago
  • I liked them. Certainly a more attractive than a ‘Probe’ 🤔

      2 years ago