Quick and Quirky: This Look Back At The 1988 Mazda MX-6 GT Shows Off The Semi-Awkward Stage Of 1980s Japanese Cars


Quick and Quirky: This Look Back At The 1988 Mazda MX-6 GT Shows Off The Semi-Awkward Stage Of 1980s Japanese Cars

By 1988 Japanese automakers had firmly established their place in the American market. In fact, they had driven the American market to make sweeping changes and evolve their business so that they could compete. The 1986 Ford Taurus will forever stand as the most visual representation of that fact. But just because the Japanese were selling small cars and smallish family cars as quick as they could make them, not everything was a surefire hit. Take this video for example which shows a MotorWeek review of then new 1988 Mazda MX-6. This was a sport coupe aimed at potential “German” car buyers. While te MX-6 nameplate would live for many years in America, this is the one that got them started.

While we can’t really see why anyone in their right mind shopping a German car in the 1980s would give this thing a second look, they got plenty of stuff right. The performance is pretty wild. 7.6-seconds to 60mph and 16.0-seconds through the quarter mile with the slushbox automatic. A properly stick shifted one of these things could give Mustang owners in 1988 the sweats if they were not paying attention.

There are some interesting styling cues here. Part of it looks like a Subaru XT and some of it actually reminds us of a Nissan Skyline, different cars from a different companies!

Lastly, the relatively short lifespan of the Japanese cars of this era seem to have claimed all of of the MX-6 examples in my part of the world. I have not seen one in probably 20 years!

Press play below to see this review of the 1988 Mazda MX-6 GT – Seen one in a decade?


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5 thoughts on “Quick and Quirky: This Look Back At The 1988 Mazda MX-6 GT Shows Off The Semi-Awkward Stage Of 1980s Japanese Cars

  1. pj nadeau

    I had an MX6 GT in 00-03ish. Upgraded the tiny turbo, did a bunch of random stuff I can’t remember now. Got it to run a 12.6 in the 1/4 in 2001.

    That car was a ton of fun, well build and had a nice interior. Haven’t seen one in forever now, but it was a good car. Would run beside a 5.0 al day

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    1. KEVIN R FESTNER

      You are correct. The 1989 MX6 came off the same Ford/Mazda assembly line as did the Ford Probe. The Probe GT was to replace the Mustang.

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  2. KEVIN R FESTNER

    I still have my 88 Mazda MX-6, GT, red with a stick. It is hard to find parts for it. But, it still goes like a bomb. Paint is in great shape. I need a left window regulator, and probably a new manual tranny. It turns heads now.

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