Mazda revealed the Mazda6 MPS Concept to the world at the 2002 Paris Motor Show as a sophisticated high-performance saloon.

Mazda has devoted the past two years to refining the design and technologies of this vehicle.  Production is due to start early in 2005.

The Mazda6 MPS is powered by a 2.3-litre turbocharged engine outputting 260ps at 6,000rpm and 280lb/ft at 3,000rpm.  That’s enough to push the Mazda to 62mph in 6.6 seconds and on to its 150mph top speed.

Power is transferred to all four wheels through Mazda’s new Active Torque Split, All-Wheel Drive system that uses real-time input data on steering angle, yaw rate, lateral G-force and engine status to determine road surface and driving conditions.

Three different modes of front/rear torque distribution are selected by the system: Normal, Sports, and Snow, (for slippery surfaces), while a Power Take Off (PTO) system that aggressively distributes torque to the rear axle is fitted with its own water-cooled cooling system.

The bodyshell has been stiffened over the standard Mazda6, and both the front and rear suspension has been tuned to handle the increased power.  The brakes have also been upgraded.

The exterior gets a line that flows along the bonnet from the upper grille to emphasise the length of the front, a new front bumper and grille section that also helps to feed the engine’s intercooler, flared side skirts and wheel arches, 18-inch aluminium wheels fitted with 215/45R18 tyres, an aerodynamic rear bumper with built-in diffuser for the integrated exhaust tailpipe, and a highly effective yet compact rear spoiler.