Random Snap>>mazdaspeed Atenza

Earlier this month I posted a photo of Mazda 323 GTX rally car, but there's one more AWD Mazda I wanted to acknowledge before AWD month is over – the Mazdaspeed Atenza (AKA Mazda6). With a 2.3 direct injected turbo engine and AWD, the MS Atenza was a grown up alternative to the Evo and Impreza and a direct rival to the Subaru Legacy. Unfortunately the car didn't sell all too well, and it only lasted for a couple model years. I searched around a bit looking for a good example of a tuned Mazdaspeed Atenza, but came up empty handed. The car in the photo is a tuned concept version that Mazda showed at the 2006 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of Mazda's turbo AWD days.

-Mike Garrett