Some of the fastest cars from the Mazda brand include the Mazda Miata RF, Mazda CX-9, Mazda 3 Grand Touring, and the Mazda 6 signature. The Mazda 3 Grand Touring features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV engine, which delivers 184 horsepower. The Miata is fitted with a 2.0-liter 16 valve four-cylinder SKYACTIV engine producing 155 horsepower.


When it comes to the Mazda CX-9 and Mazda 6 signature, one can expect 250 horsepower in both, thanks to a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 16 valve SKYACTIV engine. At Walker's Renton Mazda, we know the value of intuitive performance that puts the driver in control. Here’s what you need to know about Mazda horsepower.


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What is Horsepower?

This is simply the amount of power the engine of the car produces. Therefore, one horsepower is the amount of energy the vehicle needs to move 550 pounds per one foot in a second (500 foot-pounds per second). The average horsepower of a car depends on the model and use of the vehicle.

Horsepower Versus Torque

The question that most customers ask when buying a car is whether it’s preferable to have more horsepower or torque. 


Torque is a measurement of how fast your car will accelerate while horsepower determines how fast the car can go. In all types of cars, the engine rotates around an axis. The higher the rotational force, the faster the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 seconds in a matter of seconds. The torque propels the vehicle into motion. 


So back to the question, is it better to have horsepower or torque?


Well, the fact is that it’s impossible to have outstanding horsepower without torque. Horsepower is equal to torque times rpm. This equation signifies that the faster the crankshaft rotates the engine, the more strength the vehicle receives, giving it more speed when in motion. 


However, it is possible to have torque without horsepower because horsepower doesn’t affect torque.


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Why Mazda Horsepower Stands Out


The Mazda brand has perfected its technology by providing vehicles with exceptional horsepower over the years. One of their reliable go-to components in providing outstanding horsepower to their cars is SKYACTIV technology.


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Turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine

Inside of Mazda vehicle with Skyactive logo

The Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine is the premier turbocharged engine in the Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G series of engines. A deep dive into this SKYACTIV engine model shows that Mazda isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel of torque and horsepower. Instead, they are placing more focus on torque to give the engine better responsiveness.


By giving this engine model better torque, the car can minimize fuel consumption, which occurs during the revving of the vehicle to get it in motion. Instead, the engine comes with a four-cylinder turbocharger that allows the 2.5-liter engine to rack in more torque and subsequently more power.  


The company has invested in nozzle turbocharging dynamic pressure turbo technology, which offers a significant variation by directing the amount of pulse towards the turbocharger. This directed exhaust pulse allows the engine to spool faster even at lower RPMs. 


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High Performance and Quality

Typically, normal driving requires less than 3,000 rpm, and this trend is maintained for the entire lifetime of the engine. Having a torque that matches the speed makes the engine more efficient, so the driver does not experience a downshift. This ensures that when one is driving at regular speed, they don’t have to push the torque to achieve maximum speed. 


For example, Mazda CX-9 drivers tend to spend most of their driving in the low to mid-rpm range. The maximum torque of 310 ft-lb usually comes with the Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine. With this capacity, we can see that the vehicles have exceptional fuel efficiency without experiencing turbo lag.


The 310 pound-feet torque can deliver 250 horsepower that goes over Mazda’s previous highest performance, which is only 184 horsepower delivered by a 185 pound by feet torque. Despite the high-quality engine construction, it still offers drivers exceptional fuel efficiency so they don’t spend more money at the gas station.


Apart from the power and fuel efficiency of this engine, it offers excellent responsiveness. The engine responds to commands for speed and deceleration with complete ease, making it efficient to move on the road at a comfortable pace for any driver.


The Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine has achieved a high compression ratio of 14:0:1, which guarantees that the torque performance is enhanced because of the high compression combustion. By improving the burning of the engine, Mazda has effectively mitigated issues like engine knocking.


One can expect features like a 4-2-1 exhaust system, multi-hole injectors, cavity pistons, and other design aspects to help this engine achieve its high-quality performance.


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inside of Mazda car on the driver's seat




The Mazda brand has continually improved its SKYACTIV engine, which debuted on the market in 2011. The SKYACTIV engines were preceded by the Mazda Z engine and the Mazda L engine. 


Unlike previous engines, the SKYACTIV engine utilize a small spark of the fuel-air mixture in the cylinder, which combusts faster and is more powerful and unique than conventional engines that came before it. 


This technology has been improved to incorporate more horsepower and torque in the engine, making it both fuel-efficient and faster.


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