The Mazda 616 was first introduced as a subcompact car in 1970. It featured a boxy, two-door body style with styling cues taken from the brand's larger coupes. Under the hood, it had an SOHC 1.6-liter engine that generated 80 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. The 616 was offered with either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission.
The 616 had impressive performance for its size, with a 0-60 time of 11.6 seconds and the ability to top out at 97 mph (156 km/h). It also had agile handling thanks to independent suspension on all four corners - MacPherson struts at the front and semi-trailing arms at the rear.
The 616 was equipped with an impressive array of features for its time, including air conditioning, power steering, and a tachometer. Safety features included front and rear energy absorbing bumpers as well as three-point seat belts for all passengers.
The 616 proved to be popular with buyers, selling over 200,000 units in its three-year production run. It was eventually replaced by the larger and more powerful Mazda 626 in 1976. Read more