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The Mazda MX-6 was a front-wheel drive sporty coupe produced by Mazda between 1988 and 1997. It was larger than the MX-3 and MX-5 (Miata), and less sporty than the RX-7.
The MX-6 was mechanically identical to the Ford Probe. Both cars shared the Mazda GD platform (1988-1992) and GE platform (1993-1997). Along with the Ford Probe, the Mazda MX-6 was designed and built in America in a joint venture with Ford. This joint venture was called Auto Alliance.
The first generation MX-6/Probe appeared in 1988 and lasted until 1992 in the United States. In some markets the model years were from 1987 to 1991. It was based on a series of futuristic concept cars of the early 1980s. It was a large coupe, based on the Mazda GD platform, and was powered by a 2.2 L SOHC straight-4 cylinder Mazda F2 engine. The base engine produced just 110 hp (82 kW), but a 145 hp (108 kW) turbocharged version was available.
This generation was available in several trim levels, which differ depending on the market the vehicle was sold in. In the United States, the MX-6 was available in DX, LX, LE, and GT trim levels:
In 1989, Mazda offered a special four wheel steering (commonly abbrieviated 4WS) option on MX-6 GTs destined for the U.S. This system consisted of an electronically controlled rear steering rack that turned the rear wheels opposite to the fronts at low speeds to improve cornering, and turned the rear wheels with the fronts at high speeds to improve highway lane change manuvering.
European and Asian spec vehicles commonly received either the 1.8 L SOHC or 2.0 L SOHC FE engine in GLX models, or the 2.0 L DOHC FE engine (sometimes called FE3) in their GT models. 4WS was a common option for European MX-6s. Austrailian vehicles were almost always equipped with same the 2.2 L turbocharged F2 motor as the U.S., as well as 4WS.
The second-generation car came out in the United States in late 1992 as a 1993 model. It used Mazda's GE platform and came with Mazda-designed engines and was available in two trims:
In Japan, the 2.5 L V6 was the higher performance KLZE, while the 2.0 L was a I4 called the FS. In Europe and America, the 2.5 L V6 was a lower performance KL03. In Australia and Japan, four wheel steering was an option.