Although previous reports suggested Mazda will not be building an MPS variant of its new 6 range, news today from Autoexpress UK says otherwise.
The new Mazda 6 MPS will go head to head with both Subaru and Mitsubishi's hero cars as well as other European performance cars. The MPS badge will signify a turbocharged version of the standard engine, but this time the standard engine will be a 2.5-litre, so power figures should hit around 209kW.
Of course, it will also be AWD and come with sports suspension and better brakes. 0-100km/h time is currently claimed at just a tad over 6 seconds, yet to be confirmed.
CarAdvice will be at the Paris motorshow this October, where Mazda is expected to show off the concept 6 MPS, if the reports are positive, it will go into production and be ready for 2010.
Interestingly, it's believed that the new MPS 6 will also be available in hatch, estate, coupé and cabriolet variants, some of which we saw earlier.
On the smaller end of the scale, Mazda is also working on a Mazda 2 MPS, expected late next year (probably 2010 for AU). Although details on the baby Mazda are non-existent, it's logical to assume the Japanese giant will turbo-charge the the existing 1.5-litre petrol engine, bringing power to around 120-130kW.
Mazda is currently in the process of launching the all new Mazda2 3-door.
Should Mazda Australia bring the two MPS cars here?