2006 Mazdaspeed6 Offers 274HP And Great Handling For Less Than $3k

The first generation Mazdaspeed6 comes from a time when the four-door saloon was king. Also known as the Mazda 6 MPS in Europe, this car is the very definition of a sleeper.

Currently, the vehicle is being auctioned off via Bring a Trailer. It has 52,809 miles (84,987 km) on the clock, a Liquid Platinum Metallic exterior, 18-inch multi-spoke alloys and a well-spec’d interior.

Go back a decade and you might remember just how understated and well appreciated cars like the Mazdaspeed6 used to be. In fact, 10 years ago, Jeremy Clarkson went out and compared the 6 to the Ford Mondeo ST220 and the Opel/Vauxhall Vectra VXR, and concluded that the Mazda was the most fun to drive.

Nowadays, there’s a shortage of “hot” four-door non-premium saloons built specifically to put a smile on your face. And no, models like the Ford Mondeo ST-Line or the Passat R-Line don’t count, because in 2006, that Mazda could challenge a BMW M3 in a straight line, so the modern day equivalent would have to be something like a Kia Stinger GT, maybe.

Then there’s the power, which comes from a 2.3-liter turbocharged in-line four. Maximum output is 274 HP (277 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm), and if that’s not enough, we reckon its future owner can easily squeeze a bit more from the engine with some mods. Also worth taking into account is that this car has an all-wheel drive system, which makes accelerating off the line a lot more efficient.

According to the ad, the car was optioned with the Grand Touring trim line, which meant leather upholstery, keyless entry, BOSE audio system with in-dash CD changer and a power-operated moonroof. Unlike the exterior, which features a great number of scratches as well as rust, the inside of this Mazdaspeed6 seems very well taken care of. Then again, 52,809 miles is by no means a huge number.

At the time of writing, and with two days left for the auction to end, the highest bid was $2,250. It’s offered with no reserve, so it’s a fair assumption that someone could get this understated gem for less than $3k.

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  • kachuks

    This nice ride was overlooked because of the STI’s and Evo’s of the time.

    • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sad to hear this Mazda was overlooked due to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). 🙁



      this is the only time when ford and mazda made performance saloons

  • Mr. EP9

    Bidding ends in two days. I’m curious to see how high it goes.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Would you guys pick this, or a Legacy GT from the same model year?

    • Leconte Dave


      • DaGrimey1

        Me too, head gasket is rock solid.

  • oside_oscar

    Anybody who may be interested…

    … we have been getting ready to part ways with our 2006 Mazda6 Wagon (Manual Transmission, but not Speed6). The attached photos are a bit old, but the car is still clean, we added leather interior, and the car is in generally good shape overall. Approx. 135k mi.; runs well, stuff like that. Mainly just thought some folks on this thread may appreciate a rare car like this. If you would like to follow-up with me on this, please reach me at: jfdnxc at Gmail. Cheers.


    • Matt

      Never seen anyone try and sell their car on here before but good luck with the sale.

      • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

        Truthfully. This wagon is right up my alley. Hahaha. It’s perfect.

        • DaGrimey1

          This wagon will sale, and if you buy both drop in the drivetrain and really have a cool car.

    • Rami Khoury

      I just sold my 2004 Mazda6 wagon 2 weeks ago, it was gone with in a week after putting it up on CL. so yes your car will sell.

  • fabri99

    These non-premium sports sedans are true gems, but sadly there’s not enough market for them anymore. People would rather have a 3 cylinder german premium instead… Hopefully the Stinger inverts this trend.

  • john1168

    This car was a big disappointment when it finally went on sale. It was originally supposed to be a hatch but it was a sedan. It was supposed to be quick but instead had average performance. Also, I’m glad there was a manual but there wasn’t an automatic transmission available. It wasn’t a bad car, just not a very good one.

  • willhaven

    Weak rods, too. Fuel pump would fail at WOT and would blow your engine. I’m glad Ford fixed most of the problems of the MZR.

    • DaGrimey1

      Rods hold 400wtq, fuel pump would hold as long as it wasn’t modded. Turbo lag was present only when boosting under 3k RPM which is probably how you bent your rods. All items crued in 2010 and not by Ford. LSPI is an issue with all DI turbo cars so learn what that is.

      • willhaven

        Ecoboost 2.0 pistons can hold 400wtq, but the ringlands are still the weak point of the engine like the rods to the MZR. That’s not to say you can’t make power all day long with the MZR provided you have a great tune.

        I’m very familiar with LSPI.

        • DaGrimey1

          So you know LSPI is what is causing ring and premature failure.

          • willhaven

            Part of the problem. Knock, of course, is probably going to be the leading cause of bent rods and blown ringlands. It also doesn’t help that these motors make gobs of torque at very low RPMs adding to the stresses.

  • Vassilis

    Really cool car. As was the 3.

  • Judson Irish

    That motor sucked. Opt for the v6 with only 20 less hp and more torque, plus the deletion of awd made the v6 a WAY better sleeper.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      False. 100% false. Your hot take sucks.

      The Mazdaspeed6 made 274hp and 280ftlbs and could easily be tuned to be much faster. The V6 from this generation made 220hp and 192ftlbs. You’ve got no idea of what you’re talking about.

  • DaGrimey1

    Yes indeed, sad that we learn how to prevent this 10 years later. Lucky for Speed owners Ford sells a lot on the Ecoboost program so there have been lots of unhappy customers to help further research. Funny GM developed the Oil Spec.

  • mrbizplan

    There is ZERO chance that car will sell for less than $3,000… I’d bet $100 it goes for close to double that amount and it would be a deal at that.

  • takwangchan

    used to have grey ‘7 bought blk.’6 then 2nd 2nd ’07 w/.wh.. int. for friend

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