US Mazda 6 won't receive a big capacity Vee engine
Skyactive diesel tech will be promoted through a race car programme
The race engine will be 60 per cent in common with production units
The Mazda 6 made its US debut on the second day of the LA motor show with the surprise news that the Japanese won’t be offering a V6 petrol engine. The 6 will only be available from January with a 2.5-litre Skyactiv petrol engine and a 2.5-litre Skyactiv diesel engine.
In order to promote the idea of ‘clean diesel’ to a driving population generally suspicious of oil-burning, Mazda is going to roll out the ‘Mazda 6 Skyactive-D Clean Diesel race car’.
The car will compete in the Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona on 26-27 January next year.
Mazda bosses say 60 per cent of the components in the diesel race engine - which is good for 400bhp and around 400lb ft of torque - are shared with the production engine.