Mazda 5 Driving Dynamics with the Most Complete Line up of Performance Parts, Replacement PartsWritten by Jenny Mc Lane
The MAZDA5 is powered by an all-aluminum 2.3-liter, four-cylinder MZR series engine shared with popular MAZDA3 subcompact, producing 157-horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Sequential Valve Timing (S-VT) provides brisk throttle response and plenty of torque both under acceleration and at cruising speeds. Transmission options are a five-speed manual or four-speed Sport AT automatic with manual shift mode. The MAZDA5 will be available in either Sport or Touring trim levels. The Sport trim level includes an AM/FM/CD stereo, power windows and locks as well as cruise control. Touring trim includes all of amenities of Sport level and adds climate control, front fog lamps, attractive rear spoiler, sleek side skirts, an in-dash six-disc AM/FM/CD changer and a power moon roof. Striking 17-inch alloy rims and a comprehensive airbag safety system are standard on both models. To suppress body roll, Mazda 5 has MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link suspension in rear. The high-performance suspension combination limits natural body-lean effects of relatively tall height when cornering, yielding predictable, neutral handling.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) combine with Mazda's own Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system ensures stability and control under braking, regardless of load or weight distribution. EBD with ABS minimize stopping distances. Mechanical brake assistance boosts braking force to ensure a shorter stopping distance in emergencies. Mazda has Advanced Impact-energy Distribution and Absorption System. Other safety features designed to protect vehicle occupants include an airbag-supported supplemental restraint system, front and side airbags for driver and front passenger, and airbag curtains large enough to protect all three rows of seats.
Mazda Speed 6-- The Ultimate in Midsize Sedans Now Has Ultimate Body Parts at PartstrainWritten by Jenny Mc Lane
The Mazdaspeed6 offers optimal balance between performance and sophistication," said Weldon Munsey, vehicle line manager for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "The turbocharged engine, with its broad power band, excellent fuel economy and eco-friendly emissions levels, is unmatched in its class, while sport-minded, luxurious cabin helps deliver a car driver will find hard to exit."
Mazda's own innovative technologies, including newly developed direct-injection turbocharged 2.3-liter engine with maximum output of an estimated 274 hp and all-new active torque split all-wheel-drive system, make MazdaSpeed 6 company's highest performance sedan and push Mazda brand DNA element of spirited dynamic performance to its ultimate level. With a 274-horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque, all-wheel drive, 2005 Mazda Speed 6 has power from direct-injection turbocharged 2.3-liter engine channeled to an all-new Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive system for traction and handling in all conditions. Exterior highlights include an aerodynamic front bumper and lower grille section, a five-point upper grille section that also serves as air intake for engine's intercooler, flared side skirts. It also includes custom 18-inch aluminum wheels fitted with 215/45R18 tires, aerodynamic rear bumper with built-in diffuser for integrated exhaust tailpipe and a highly effective yet compact rear lip spoiler. The interior is spacious with high-quality interior materials for a lush finish, custom six-speed shift knob and semi-bucket sport-type front seats for excellent side support. It packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cyl engine with direct fuel injection and some 274 hp. A 6-speed manual transmission is mandatory. Also standard are a limited-slip differential, up rated suspension, 18-inch wheels, antilock brakes and antiskid/traction control. To match its performance persona, MazdaSpeed gets its own front and rear fascias, plus special sport bucket seats and metal-look interior trim. Automatic climate control and 200-watt Bose CD stereo are also included in package. A new six-speed manual directs engine's efforts to both axles via standard all-wheel drive with three torque-apportioning strategies: normal, sport, and snow. Standard equipment includes 270-horse turbo engine, manual transmission, and Mazda's new Active Torque-Split AWD system, which can send up to 50 percent of engine's power to rear wheels.