Meyrin, 04.02.00 02 / 00 Mazda shows special 626 Concept at Geneva High-performance 626 MPS is test-bed for sports tuning ideas The high-performance version of Mazda 9s popular 626 saloon debuts at the Geneva Motor Show as a test-bed for sports tuning parts and to assess its production feasibility. This concept model is designated 626 MPS, which denotes cMazda Performance Series d. It has been developed to bring out the full potential of the existing 626 to meet the ever-rising demand for high-performance four-door saloons.
The 626 MPS has the pedigree of a sports car, for it is based on the technologies of Mazda Speed, an affiliate of Mazda Motor Corporation and winners of the 1991 Le Mans 24-hour Endurance Race. While retaining the functional and stylish lines of the recently re-launched 626 9s design, the 626 MPS has been radically transformed into a powerful and sporty performance car. The exterior gains a more dynamic presence with the use of a larger rear spoiler 3 which provides downforce to retain traction for the rear tyres 3 plus front spoiler, side skirt, over-fender and oversize aluminium wheels.
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and cooling performance. In keeping with the exterior changes, the interior has white instrument faces, special seats, and aluminium pedals. Despite the sporting nature of the 626 MPS it also has exceptional functionality, with a spacious luggage area, long load capability through the rear seats 3 to take skis, for example 3 plus ample storage locations.<br><br> Modifications for enhanced handling and performance include the use of a Twin- Turbo with Mazda 9s well-proven KL-ZE 2.5-litre V6 engine, plus increased capacity of the intercooler, radiator and oil-cooler. Combined with special E.C.U. and straight-through silencer, the 626 MPS generates maximum output of 206kW (280ps) at 6,500rpm and maximum torque of 392Nm at 4,000rpm.<br><br> A lightweight flywheel is employed to facilitate engine responsiveness. A 5-speed manual gearbox is combined with reinforced clutch and full-time 4WD system to transmit the outstanding power yet retain traction. Handling performance is also greatly enhanced by 12-stage dampers and height- adjustable suspension, plus low-profile tyres with an exceptionally wide footprint.<br><br> The brake system employs 6-pot front and 4-pot rear callipers and large diameter discs in order to deliver exceptional braking performance to match the demands of spirited driving on a racetrack. Mazda 626 9s fine reputation in Europe has been enhanced by its excellent versatility and safety features - two areas which have been significantly developed in the latest generation - together with its fuel economy and environmental compatibility. Major Specifications of Mazda 626 MPS Dimensions & Weight Overall lengthmm Overall width mm Overall height mm Wheelbasemm Kerb weightkg Engine TypeWater-cooled V-type 6-cylinder DOHC 24V Displacementcc2'496 Max.<br><br> PowerEEC (kW/rpm) 206 / 6.500 Max. TorqueEEC (Nm/rpm) 392 / 4.000 Transmission type5MT Brake typeFront6-pot caliper, 345 mm disc Rear4-pot caliper, 315 mm disc Tyres & Wheels TyresFront / Rear235/40 ZR18 WheelsFront / Rear18x8J Alloy 1'380 4'600 1'800 1'410 2'610