Before there was Kodo, Mazda practiced Kansei Engineering — engineering based on human feelings. It still resonates today, trickling down to even the CX-30‘s heartbeat-like LED turn signals. Back in 1993, design DNA from the flagship FD RX-7 trickled down to perpetuate the low, wide stance and flowing lines of the MX-6.
With its design language being a departure from its angular predecessor, the GE MX-6 shifted towards the abstract. The side panels, doors and greenhouse are flush-mounted to the body, all while concealing the B-pillar, giving it a seamless profile. With a wide, sleek front fascia that would make a Nissan S14 jealous, Motorweek denotes that “This MX-6 is on the prowl.”
And on the prowl it was, evidenced by a 0-60 of 7.7 seconds; munching on the Celica GT-S for lunch. Held responsible is the test LS model’s 2.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6, outputting 164 horses and 160 lb-ft of torque, which managed a decent 21 city, 27 highway mpg. Just as responsive as the V6 was the handling, which was touted as “well-tuned for stalking the competition.”
The cabin matched the exterior for its elegance with an “artistic” dash and comfortable, supportive sport seats. The base model 4-cylinder started out at $15,500, while the $17,825 Motorweek LS-trim press car added the V6, alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, and fog lamps.
The Mazda of today is still able to stir our emotions, just as they did in 1993. This retro review is a reminder of the marque’s relentless passion for making cars that drive so damn good. The MX-6 for its time was overlooked and often lived in the shadow of other sport coupes like the 240SX and the Prelude. Though its performance didn’t exactly stand out, we think the Mazda’s sumptuous styling has stood the test of time, and has cemented the MX-6 as a classy alternative to it’s futuristic-looking-blue-oval-cousin.