Retro Review: 1986 Mazda 626 GT – Video

Retro Review: 1986 Mazda 626 GT – Video

In this retro review of the 1986 Mazda 626 GT Turbo, the folks at Motor Week take us back to a time when turbocharging was not as prevalent as it is today. The review praises the 626 GT for not succumbing to the trend of flashy badges and decals to prove its turbocharged power, instead maintaining a subtle and clean look.

The 626 GT Turbo comes equipped with a water-cooled turbocharger and a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 120 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The review praises the smooth power delivery of the turbocharged engine, with minimal lag and torque steer, making it feel more like a V6 than a 4-cylinder.

The handling of the 626 GT is also commended, with a refined auto-adjusting suspension that adapts to road conditions and suspension loading. The review notes that the GT’s handling is better than other Japanese sedans with similar systems, thanks to Mazda’s attention to tuning the suspension for optimal performance.

The 626 GT’s brakes, interior comfort, and fuel efficiency are also highlighted as positive aspects of the vehicle. While there are some minor gripes such as a lack of an oil pressure gauge and power steering that may run out of boost during fast maneuvers, the overall verdict is that the 1986 Mazda 626 GT Turbo is a solid performance sedan that delivers a pleasing driving experience.

Overall, the review concludes that while trends may come and go, the Mazda 626 GT Turbo stands the test of time as a reliable and enjoyable vehicle that offers a balance of performance and comfort. It’s not just a gimmick, but a true contender in the competitive sedan market of its time.

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Video “1986 Mazda 626 GT | Retro Review” was uploaded on 06/06/2024 to Youtube Channel MotorWeek