The engine on this car may come from the Mazda3, but it's a turbocharged version making a whopping 263 horsepower with its 4 cylinders. The 6 speed manual transmission is the same one found in Mazda's most upscale sports car, the RX-8.
Some other cool features on this car include larger brakes, bigger wheels, and performance tires. It can do 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds, an impressive number for a car at this price level. It has a lot of torque for a front wheel drive car, so their is a torque limiter in first and second gear to prevent wheel spin.
There is a manufacturing defect in this car that every owner should know about and address. The engine mount under the battery holder is in an awkward position that could cause problems and possibly engine failure. A recall has been issued, and in the United States and Japan this defect can be fixed by your local dealer for free.
These cars have only been sold since 2007, so you won't see too many on the used car market yet. If you really want a good discount on a new or nearly new Mazdaspeed6, try looking on eBay. eBay also have plenty of parts for your rebuild or custom mods.