Mazda Hinting at Return of Mazdaspeed6 with Coupe Rumors?

Thank the Mazda gods. It looks like the utterly handsome new Mazda6 could be turned into a stripped down, hardcore Mazdaspeed6 in the very near future. This new report from Auto Express indicates that Mazda engineers are currently sculpting away at a less door-y version of their new 6 in order to compete with the Audi A5, among others.

This new coupe, with a range-topping engine, is what Mazda hopes will become their newest halo model moving into the future of the brand.

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The original Mazdaspeed6 was introduced in 2006, and although it was only offered in the form of a sedan, it came with a 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine good for 257-hp mounted to an all-wheel drive system and a six-speed manual transmission. Essentially, the definition of a sports sedan. While we know now Mazda hopes to ditch the rear doors for the next-gen, it will most likely get the same treatment including all-wheel drive and somewhere near 260-hp.

Mazda has yet to officially confirm the Mazdaspeed6 for production. If built, expect the top range new sports coupe in the lineup by early 2014.

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