Mazda 6 2.5 R SDN Review
Another Six-cess Story

Story and pictures by Azfar Hashim
27 Feb 2008

When it comes to sporty Japanese sedans, the Mazda 6 has been the only one in the pit for many a year. But now Mazda has finally let the new one out, and it’s a bigger charmer than the first one. We’re talking bigger capacity, more power, better performance and even more charisma…


This new 6 has also “grown” – despite being built on the same platform as the first 6...

Sitting out in the afternoon sun, Mazda’s new 6 looks fantastic. It doesn’t have the same air of sophistication as, say, the Lexus IS250, but with bold curves, wide wheel arches and glitzy details – it makes for a brash alternative from a country full of dull sedans.

The first 6 was undoubtedly a success story. It’s the car that set the standard in the mid-sized sedan segment. With a sporty but elegant exterior, fresh interior, marvellous chassis and two engine capacities – 2.0-litre and 2.3-litre with variable valve timing – it was the car to get for those who finds the BMW 3-series a far-fetched dream.

Besides the obvious cosmetic difference, the new 6 has something else up its sleeve – still available in two Mazda-developed MZR engines, the bigger 2.3-litre engine has been upsized to a 2.5-litre unit now. This new 6 has also “grown” – despite being built on the same platform as the first 6, it is now 10mm longer and 14mm wider, while the height remains the same at 1,440mm as before. Wheelbase was stretched too – previously at 2,675mm, it is now 2,725mm.

Will the “growth” see this new 6 repeat its success story?

It attracts attention. Everywhere it’s driven, heads will surely turn.

Looking at the side profile, the 6 is carrying with it Mazda’s current design language that consists of flared wheel arches upfront and smooth curves towards the rear – first seen on the RX-8, followed by the CX-7 and then the 2. And it works very well for the 6, as it gives a good mix of both sportiness and sophistication – something the likes of Camry and Accord won’t be able to deliver. Not critical to some, but we opine the new headlamp and tail lamp cluster goes a long way in giving the 6’s looks department the extra edge.

This version we’re testing here, the top end model bestowed “2.5 R Sedan” is by far, a complete sedan. There’s nothing else to ask for, as it already comes straight from the factory with a sporty front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper with diffuser, rear lip spoiler, twin exhaust and that delicious looking 18-inch alloys wrapped in 225/45 R-18 Dunlop rubbers.

Well, everyone in the office collectively agree words like “handsome” and “machismo” associates well with the 6.


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Engine Capacity 2488cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 169bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 226Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 118.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.4s (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4720 x 1795 x 1440) mm
Wheelbase 2725 mm
Kerb Weight 1430 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs