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Old 02-08-2007, 05:22 AM   #1
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test drive: mazda speed protege

so i test drove a 2003.5 mazda speed protege.

as far as looks this thing was beautiful. interior was imaculant. Now as far as power wise i think i could have ran faster than this thing.

what is the deal with the way the turbo is set up. the intercooler just rerouts itself back into the turbo through the inlet.


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that car was much like the svt, meaning that it was built for handling.
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but having the turbo setup already here allows you to turn up the boost without spending a lot of money.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:24 AM   #4
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my buddy, who's actually on this forum (6 Waggin), has one. The MSP only has like 2-3 PSI stock. Not really enough to like 'wow' ya, but enough to let ya know that it's there. He's put a CAI, Mazdaspeed Cat-Back Exhaust, bigger side mount intercooler, J Pipe and motor mounts. The motor mounts and J pipe are going in this weekend at my house

It does have 1 other advantage over the SVT though.....an LSD stock

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mmm orange msp what are the sock 1/4 mile times on them?
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:43 AM   #6
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Low 15's i wanna say.....but don't quote me.....hopefully 6 Waggin will chime in
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actually, the mazdaspeed trumps the SVT in terms of handling I thought. I would love a MSP.
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well give the SVT a LSD and it would help......but they aren't power houses......
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my car was faster than the msp with i/h/e/tb
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my car with an i/h/e could only hang with him in the straights with him slightly pulling away and was pretty good keeping up with him and/or overtaking him in the turns (not allowed to pass in the turns at a road course)
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