Does anyone know when mazda going to release info on a MPS 3 and RX-8? And whats the hold up on the MPS 6? Damn it MAZDA, stop f##ing playing around.
Hmm...interesting speculation Jay. Do you know of any whisperings on this, or is this purely based on Ford's development of the new 3.5 liter mill?Originally posted by LBJay
If there is to be a US Mazdaspeed6, this is my guess, for the record.
AWD sedan, will look similar to the MPS version but not quite as large a grill opening. (bumper regs). No 280HP turbo 4, engine will be a 270HP+ 3.5l V6. (US loves big engines).
When? not before 2005. Mazda has a full plate with he launch of the RX-8, new Mazda3, new MX-5 and introduction of the 6 Hatch & Wagon to the US market.[/b]
Yep, pure speculation. But remember I am thinking of a US version Mazdaspeed6, not a world car version.Originally posted by kenoka
Hmm...interesting speculation Jay. [/b]
Give? How about joint developement. Mazda does a ton of R&D for Ford now in small engines and transmissions.Originally posted by TbirdJayC
Why would Ford give mazda an engine that is in development?[/b]
But don't you think it's likely that they'll follow through on the infrastructure they've already demanded be put in place? They're wanting MazdaSpeed to be a premium brand name, as well as an additional profit center for both MNAO and the dealerships. So the exclusivity becomes greater if they keep the branding, service, and selling consistent. I can see a couple of years down the line these MazdaSpeed certified dealerships becoming places where MazdaSpeed aftermarket turbo kits and other expensive and profitable accessories can be installed. They would have the credibility of already servicing MazdaSpeed branded cars. Makes sense doesn't it?Originally posted by LBJay
US Mazda dealer service depts have little to no experience with turbos. MSP's are only sold at certified Mazdaspeed dealers, and to be certified the dealer has to send people to be trained to work on the car. That's a lot of money for a limited production car. With a NA 3.5L the MS6 could be sold/serviced at any Mazda dealer.
Ford/Mazda should already have a majority of the engine development done. (it takes the better part of a year to get it US certified)
With no tubo 4, Mazda avoids the direct comparison to the WRX and Evo. (more in line with the AUDI and BMW)
Just trying to put 2 and 2 together, if I'm lucky sometimes they add up to 4. [/b]