AutoExpress reports Mazda is already looking at ways to give the company's 2014 Mazda6 a little more heat. The company isn't throwing out too many details at the moment beyond saying executives are looking at the possibility of creating a spiritual successor to the Mazdaspeed6. While speaking with the publication, Hiroshi Kajiyama, program manager for the Mazda6, admits a performance version has lots of potential, and that such a machine would be helpful for the brand. If a hotter four-door hits the market, it will likely be lighter than its common sibling with around 100 fewer pounds to lug around. It may also bow with a turbocharged version of the currently-available diesel mill.

Meanwhile, Autocar reports the new Mazda6 may spawn a two-door variant as well. Akira Tamatani, Mazda chief designer, said he would love to make such a vehicle, though no solid decision has been made one way or the other. What else does Mazda have planned for its newest model? Developers are sweating over the possible addition of an all-wheel drive system to help the machine better compete in foul-weather markets.

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      The Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      The longer I look at this car, the sexier it gets.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really like the looks of the cae. A lot better looking than the new Camry and not-yet-released Accord, IMHO.
      Jason Parry
      • 2 Years Ago
      why is it a "spiritual" successor... isnt it just a straight up successor?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Speed6 a turbo, AWD Mazda6? Did they forget the success of that car already? And hello, MX-6!? Wake up Mazda, these are histories and emotions you've already forged - CASH IN ON THEM ALREADY!
        • 2 Years Ago
        The MS6 was AWD, turbo and 6 speed. Great car. I'm ready for the next version. Wagon would be cool, too, but it might steal sales from the Mazda5. Just gimme the MS6 with AWD and a diesel with lots of grunt. I'll be happy. I promise.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Aghhhh I remember the mx6 my first car fully loaded with a v6........ Only problem was that damn cup holder on the left side
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that these diesels already are turbocharged. You can tell it because it's able to put more than 80hp from it's 2.2liter ;)
      • 2 Years Ago
      This design would make a great coupe. Add some mazda speed gear and you would have one impressive vehical.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let do it Mazda!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you for using the word moot in the right way.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given the fact that all fwd Mazdas are available with awd chassis in Japan, it comes as no surprise. Whether awd versions will be available ouside JDM is another matter.
      Jamie Frew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hehe of we believed Autoexpress every time they said a new big coupe was coming we'd have had a dozen new Capris and Calibras by now. It's they're favourite cover story!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Coupe? The MX-6 is back!
      REV9 Autosport
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nicest thing about this article, IMO, is that the performance version is going to be LIGHTER. If it's AWD and lighter, that means A LOT of weight will be shaved, considering the transmission is usually what makes the car heavier.
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