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The 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon is right around the corner and despite rumblings that Mazda isn't considering making a 'Speed version of the Atenza/Mazda6, it's trotting out a concept to Japan's premier tuner expo to gauge consumer interest.

What's being dubbed the "Mazda Atenza Mazdaspeed Concept" found its way onto the Web, but information about the body kit-equipped concept is sorely lacking. We know it'll be coming to the show with new front and rear bumpers and some mild aero modifications, along with new side skirts, a lower ride height and a set of 18-inch 10-spoke wheels. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess as to what's powering the new 6 and how that power is finding its way down to the road.

Regardless, we've been able to source a couple of good photos of the concept and are hoping to have more information about all of Mazda's concepts bound for 2008 TAS soon.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I would like to see the US Mazda6. I am hoping and praying it stays very similar to the non-North America models. They are so sharp and attractive. I just hope we don't get the 2nd hand rejects like the US always seems to get. Also hope they bring out a MS6 that is more along the lines of the current MS3--fast, furious and a great value. The previous MS6 was just too heavy even though it was a great car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can Mazda do anything wrong? I love it, built it now
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yea, they can fix the crappy ventilation system that my Mazda 3 has. Love the car, hate the ventilation system, won't buy another.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this is as affordable as the last one, and they build it in 1.5 years I'm getting this as soon as the lease is up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW!! Mazda's are soooo cool... :p
      • 7 Years Ago
      The US one has been spied adn didn't look much bigger than the euro version. So I wouldn't expect a major size difference. I've read a NAIAS possible reveal and available in the 2nd half of 2008. I hope they get it sooner and hurry up and reveal the US version with prices.
        • 7 Years Ago
        looks like mazda picked nissan altima as the bunchmark? for NA market:


        car is almost identical in size with the new altima and it dosn't need to be any bigger, just compare the numbers:

        new mazda 6:

        Wheelbase: 2725 mm (107.3 in)
        Length: 4735 mm (186.4 in)
        Width: 1795 mm (70.7 in)
        Height: 1440 mm (56.7 in)

        new nissan altima:

        Wheelbase: 109.3 in (2776 mm)
        Length: 189.8 in (4821 mm)
        Width: 70.7 in (1796 mm)
        Height: 57.9 in (1471 mm)
          • 7 Years Ago
          Yea, that's the US spied version and it doesn't look much bigger than the photos. If that's the size, I'm good. Under 190" is good to fit in my garage. Good numbers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is it that if I want more performance out of the standard car, the OEM has to include tacky body kit that looks like it would fit next Fast and the Furious movie? Lexus is following the same path with their IS-series. I hope there is a zero-cost deletion option for the front, rear, and side skirts on the production MS6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sure it would be no problem finding someone with a standard 6 who would pay for labor to switch. But keep in mind that this is a concept. It'll get toned down for production. The current MS6 looks very good, save for the wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I currently own a 2006 Mazdaspeed6, I love the looks of this concept. I hope they build it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does it look sort of Lexus-y to anyone else?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks exactly like 2005 Toyota Camry, how can no one else see this??
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is there any word yet on what the US version of the Mazda 6 will look like? Is it slated for a NAIAS reveal?

      I love the look of the JDM version but I'm worried about the US one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny, I thought the 08 Imprezas, incl STI, and the 09 Foresters were built on the same platform as the Legacy/Outback.

      What would be different then in a Legacy STI vs an Impreza STI, other than skin?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Subaru!

      See that? A "tuned" version of a midsized sedan with suspension bits.

      I heard that you guys have a similar division, Subaru Technica something-or-another. You know, you should think about having that division tune a similar Subaru mid-sized sedan and sell that in America.

      You know, sort of like your Spec.B but with 300+ hp.

      I'm just sayin'.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, I can't spell today...
        • 7 Years Ago
        You have no idea how long myself, and others over at LegacyGT.com have been asking for that, and been ignored.

        The STI stickers for ~34.9K... same as the Spec B. Ever since finding that little tidbit out, I have been clamoring for the Legacy GT Spec B to either be similarly equipped, or dropped to $30k, and a Legacy STI filling that mark.

        Legacy with 305hp, bilsteins and STI springs and other STI suspension bits, Brembo brakes, Forged wheels, and a 6-speed with DCCD and HID headlights, painted WR Blue. Subaru could do this instantly, if they wanted to.

        Subaru of America has very little credibility on that front. The rest of the world gets Spec B versions of the GT and the 3.0R models as option packages. Japan, Australia and new zealand, among others have access to the Blitzen model, and the Legacy Tuned by STI, which is much like what I described, except for the WRX STI power level, (which is not hard to get in the aftermarket. I have first hand knowledge with the car in my avatar.)

        Mazda is on a roll. and this concept looks great. (I agree, though, it should be the 5-door model, with AWD...)

        Subaru has the better drivetrain, and the Legacy could already be in this position, yet it isn't. Subaru needs to take lessons on design and marketing of sporty cars from Mazda.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why would Legacy STI cost the same as Impreza STI? After all, Legacy is more expensive t begin with, so how why would Legacy with STI parts cost the same as Impreza STI.

        Don't get me wrong, I would love that, but it is not going to happen.

        Why I hate about Subaru is that their GT/XT models of Legacy/Outback are only available with leather and other expensive goodies, so they cost ~30K. How 'bout 2.5i models with turbo as an option??? Right now, turbo outbacks are just too expensive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Motortrend confirms that the US/Canada-spec Mazda6 will be slightly larger on a longer wheelbase and wider as well. But apart from dimensions, nothing else will be different from the one shown at Frankfurt. Same looks. features, tuning etc etc.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Did they specify larger than what? The Euro spec is larger than the outgoing model. The American model is larger than the outgoing model or the Euro spec? I find it hard to believe that nothing else will be different. Sure the styling and tuning will be similar but a big thing with the Euro spec Mazda6 was that they reduced the weight. If they increase the size even more over the Euro spec, I doubt they will be able to reduce weight compared to the outgoing model.
        • 7 Years Ago
        actually the "euro-spec" 6 cannot fit the new 3.7 liter (currently fitted in the CX-9) v6 but the US/NA version can.
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