2006 Mazda 3 2.0L
Color: Strato Blue
-Tien S-tech lowering springs: (FRONT - 2'' drop) (REAR - 1'' drop)
-DDM Tuning HID's - 6000k Cool Blue
-Rims - Black 18" VSR Performance wheels
-Tires - Falken ZIEX ZE-512 (225/40ZR18)
-Intake: Fujita Cold Air Intake
-Exhaust: Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system (Part No. 15861)
-TWM Short-throw Shifter
-Open Mouth Grill
-All emblems - Color matched
-Tinted black - Taillights, side markers, reflectors and windows
-Aftermarket Stereo - JVC Stereo
-Insignia Sub and Amp.
Specialty of 2006 Mazda MAZDA3 i 4-Door Car is that it is available in the colors of Velocity Red MicaVelocity Red Mica, Titanium Gray MetallicTitanium Gray Metallic, Sunlight Silver MetallicSunlight Silver Metallic, Strato Blue MicaStrato Blue Mica, Shimmering Sand MetallicShimmering Sand Metallic, Rally WhiteRally White, Nordic Green MicaNordic Green Mica and Black Mica.
For 2006, Mazda has adapted variable valve timing and variable-length intake runners to the smaller, 2.0-liter engine as well. The spec sheet shows a why-bother gain of only 2 horsepower (from 148 to 150, both at 6500 rpm), and no change in rated torque (still 135 pound-feet at 4500 rpm), but those are only the peak number. The biggest benefit of both variable valve timing and a variable intake is usually a flatter torque curve while maintaining good peak horsepower. So while we haven't driven a 2006 Mazda 3i (or even seen a torque curve for one on paper), we suspect that that's the case here. And if so, it could mean a palpable gain in performance, across a broad rpm range, that is much larger than those 2 horsepower would suggest. EPA estimates for the smaller engine are 28/35 city/highway mpg with manual transmission, 26/34 with the automatic.
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