The fastest, best handling, best braking saloon Mazda has ever built, the all-new Mazda6 MPS will be marketed in the UK as a single, fully specified and lavishly equipped model. The MPS combines sensationally spirited performance with everyday practicality, which makes it the perfect flagship for the Mazda6 range and the Mazda brand.

At a glance

  • Single model, 150mph high-performance saloon on sale from January 2006
  • Turbocharged 2.3-litre petrol engine generates 260ps and 380Nm of torque
  • Euro 4 compliant engine, gives Mazda6 MPS a 245g/km CO2 rating
  • New positive-shift 6-speed manual transmission
  • New Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive system
  • Priced from £23,950 (on-the-road)
  • Excellent security levels as standard – Thatcham 1 alarm and immobiliser
  • Front, side and curtain airbags, plus ABS, EBD, EBA, DSC and TCS
  • Premium BOSE® audio system with intelligent sound equalisation system

Each Mazda6 MPS will be mechanically identical with black leather interior trim, but customers will be able to choose between four exterior paint colours – with mica or metallic finish as standard.

Mazda UK will have a limited allocation of right-hand drive Mazda6 MPS vehicles initially and anticipates a healthy waiting list for this stunning newcomer. The arrival of Mazda’s 150mph super saloon will also have a ‘halo’ effect on sales of the Mazda6 range, which are expected to reach a total of over 14,000 in 2006.

A choice of four body colours will be available – one mica (Black Mica) and three metallics (Graphite Silver, Titanium Grey and Velocity Red) – and 18-inch diameter, 7-inch wide 15-spoke aluminium alloy wheels will be standard.

Mazda will give company car drivers the ultimate ‘Zoom-Zoom’ experience when it unleashes the new flagship model for its all-conquering Mazda6 range in 2006.  The Mazda6 MPS will give fleet decision-makers and company car drivers the opportunity to choose an alternative to the performance car offerings from prestigious European marques.

Mazda fleet and remarketing director Adam Pumfrey said: “Our brand awareness in the corporate sector has been growing daily and much of that is due to the fantastic reception that Mazda6 has had in the fleet arena.  Mazda6 has proved to be an enticing package for fleet operators and company car drivers alike. The new Mazda6 MPS, which will go on sale in the first quarter of 2006, builds on that reputation and further epitomises the Mazda brand, with its performance, sports styling and exhilarating dynamics, plus practicality that’s unrivalled in the upper medium sector.”

“The arrival of this range-topper will provide new excitement and will take Mazda into a new area of the fleet market in the UK. User-choosers will be attracted to the Mazda6 MPS as a real performance alternative to offerings from Audi and BMW. The new Mazda6 MPS will be the ultimate expression of ‘Zoom-Zoom’ driving excitement in a sophisticated saloon.”

Standard equipment includes: Thatcham Category One alarm & immobiliser, 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 R18 low profile tyres, Sports Appearance Pack with unique grille, bonnet, bumpers, side skirts and rear spoiler, Xenon headlamps with automatic levelling, Front fog lights, Dual exhaust tailpipes, Remote keyless entry, Electric front and rear windows, with one-touch auto down, Climate control air conditioning, Cruise control, Power sunroof, Heated sports bucket-style leather-faced seats, Powered driver’s seat, Leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever, Premium BOSE® audio with 6-CD autochanger and seven speakers, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Optional DVD satellite navigation system with 7-inch screen.

The Mazda6 MPS is priced at £23,950 on-the-road, and has been placed in insurance group 16E.