Right royal luxury from left field | Mazda Eunos 800

30 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Right royal luxury from left field | Mazda Eunos 800
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Right royal luxury left field

FOR: interior, strong performance and build quality

AGAINST: pedigree

RATING: 3.5 (out of 5)

looking for examples of Mazda’s for building the odd innovative, even car would usually stop thinking about the Japanese sports cars.

The RX-7’s engine made it unique it was still being sold in and although the MX-5 now looks with so many other on the market, when the original car was it was not only desirable, but showed thinking as well.

Then the Eunos 800. This full-size sedan was the flagship of push into the luxury during the early 1990s, but many other of the company’s it had aspects which came far left field.

The 800 was developed at expense by Mazda at a time the might of the Japanese industry unlimited and endless. It had a whole new a complex four-wheel steering and the engine was a small 2.3-litre V6 worked on the so-called Miller cycle and needed a super to work efficiently.

Although Eunos is no longer a franchise, but has been absorbed Mazda Australia’s normal network, the 800 is still with us. In it has come in for its first revision being launched in 1994 and the changes aren’t major, a car worth revisiting even if haven’t been particularly with only 117 finding last year.

Competition is in the lower end of the luxury market the traditional European heavies as Mercedes, BMW and Audi fielding an of metal with strong Throw in Saab, Volvo, with its Legend and the new Alfa 166 later in the year, and it is obvious plenty of choice for a relatively low of buyers.

Among all these, the Eunos 800 quite competitive. There were two models, with a aspirated 2.5-litre V6 complementing the version, which was simply the 800M. That cheaper has been quietly dropped, and so has the tMv of the remaining car.

Still, at (which incidentally is a price of some $1,500 to go with the there’s little lacking in the

The interior is sumptuous leather, climate-control air-conditioning, sunroof, a stereo with a six-stacker CD, assistance for the seats, windows and anti-lock braking, traction and twin airbags.

The subtle to the latest model include wheels which are still 16 in diameter, but have a more design to the five spokes. The now has vertical chrome spokes and a Mazda emblem, there’s a bit chrome at the rear and the choice of two new paint jobs.

Inside there’s more trim than before, scuff plates have added to the sills and there’s a ski behind the armrest in the rear to give access to the boot. And about it.

The Miller cycle remains the same, meaning it has a power output of 149kW at a low and accessible 5500rpm, and peak is also respect able at

Mazda’s claim is that the compression and power … of the cycle aids in lowering although such technology is to go over most driver’s

A four-speed automatic transmission is equipment, and on the road the Eunos 800 with admirable smoothness and and not a little swiftness. Throttle is strong, and standing-start acceleration is with a rapidity which accustomed to bigger-capacity sixes love. Power does away towards the upper of the rev scale, but mid-range urge is stronger than that by many other V6 engines of capacity.

The automatic transmission can be fooled into hunting for a however, and on occasions there’s a pause while it works out ratio to select. Overall, the 800’s drivetrain is competent, but perhaps without the charisma of a six from BMW or Alfa Romeo.

As a sedan with sporting the 800 delivers quite well. The tyres give excellent but the steering lacks communication if the rear-steering facility does an excellent turning circle.

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Drive goes to the front but torque steer is kept under control so the driver is aware that they are the work of power delivery as as steering the car. The ride is never harsh, but perhaps than could be expected.

As the interior is plush and quite as well. The driver sits but has plenty of width to plant elbows on the available arm-rests, in the rear there’s room for two and just enough leg room for comfort.

The boot is large, enough for a full-size set of golf and has a low loading lip.

One of the best about the 800 is that despite nearly a five-year-old design, the has stood the test of time well. It has an open, airy about it which is helped by the color scheme of tan and beige, and to be both pleasant and free of any

In other words, Mazda has the urge to mistake chintzy for real luxury.

Nevertheless, in the 800’s price range are for choice, with many good cars such as the 156 and BMW 323i available for less This Eunos lacks the of either of these two, if it is probably a better choice Japanese rivals such as the ES300 or Honda Legend.

Nuts ‘n’ Bolts

$74,150 auto

Engine: DOHC, 24-valve supercharged V6. at 5500rpm and 282Nm at 4000rpm

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