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Hi there,

I've blown my first full tank of gas in my new Mazda 6 this weekend...

Good autonomy compared to my SVT (more than 425 km on a tank compared to
less than 300 km)

The handling of the new Mazda is bit less "crispier" than I expected...
Guess it is due to my road test last March being switched from my winter
tire mounted SVT (195/60/15) to 215/50/17 on the Mazda 6. Still the
Mazda has less body roll than my SVT but softer springs/shock. Although
it seems that the "end of travel" of the springs are firmer. So big
bumps are less smoothly absorbed. Overall, the feeling is a bit more
plushed (is that a word?) but still sporty.

Strange motor...
I'm not sure, but I think the Mazda has an electronic throttle control
(drive by wire?). It feels like there is a small delay in every input
from the pedal. Or maybe due to an anti smog device (remember the
"Throttle Hang Fix"?)

Omigawd!! Do you realize that my new car is having a PLASTIC intake
runner?? Pretty far from the nice aluminium extrude honed intake of the
SVT!!!

Speed shifting is not kicking butt but smoothier than in the SVT(which
was hard on the motor mounts!). Then, it could be due to the clutch that
has not break-in properly yet... The power is not exploding over 4K like
in the SVT. Instead, it is pulling turbine like in a very linear way. I
think this is because of the variable intake valving. So while it feels
a bit less "sportier" (no sudden power rush) it still has a very nice
pull.

It feels more "alive" at highway speeds than the SVT.
I feel the 3.0 liter V6 has more low end grunt (torque) then the SVT.

I'm missing the exhaust sound of the SVT.
The 6 has a lot of "motor" sound over 4-5 K, but is missing the low RPM
droning (droop, droop, droop, droop...). I'll have to open up that back
end a bit..
;)

The shifter is placed a bit too much to the right for my taste. But the
shifting action is very nice. Precise and have a relatively short throw.

Seats are way behind the ones in the SVT but I'll live with it (and
they're heated).

Equipement is very good, nice interior, cool buttons, feels much better
than the Contour. Hey! Not a single little rattle, ah! ah!

Overall, the feeling is just a bit softer (less sport) but more
sophisticated than my SVT. Roomier inside too, larger trunk. I feel that
people who search something "sportier" should look out for a WRX (but
smaller package and less luxury features)...

Frank
SVT 98 sold... :(
Mazda 6 V6 manual speed yellow only 600 km yet.. :hoho
 

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Welcome sir!

I think you hit it on the nail. The SVT was designed to be more sportier, the 6, while sporty, is designed to be a little more refined. This is why people like us passed on the WRX. Zero refinement!

The throtte is electronic and many have complained about the hestitation you say you feel. My brothers Contour suffered through a bad throttle hang fix, was done for the "moose" sound, but never seemed to run right after that.

I hear you on the plastic intake. Better watch out for Forced Induction applications. That thing seems like it will cave easily. The 6 doesn't have secondary intake runners like your Contour did. But with the sequential valve timing kicking in at around 3200 RPM, it sure feels like the secondaries opening up on an SVT.

You really think the SVT seats are better? I disagree but its opinion.

Well, welcome to the party baby! And with a few mods (if your into that sort of thing); your 6 will out handle the SVT eventually. You have a better starting out platform I think.
 

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Good autonomy compared to my SVT (more than 425 km on a tank compared to
less than 300 km)[/b]
Good Lord! Did you put lead weights in your SVT's gas tank to decrease the fluid volume? Even when I flogged my SVT at sea level, my range on a tankful was about 275 MILES. Now at 5500' elevation, 325 miles is no problem.

Or did you mean miles, not km?

Congrats on the new '6! :cheers
 

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No, I meant KM...
That is what I always had..

45 liter--> 300 km--> 15 liters for 100 km or around 15 mpg, if IIRC...

But that is all driving in city, not much people faster then me out of the starting blocks... ;)

So if there are weights, they're in my right shoe!
 

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i wonder if there is a difference in MPG between hot and cold climates...

maisf, do you live in montreal and have a yellow 6? if so, next time we plan to meet you must come, i never saw a yellow 6 live yet... :)
 

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Sure 666,

I couldn't go to the julep last friday, but I'll try to go next meet!
 
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