RWD Mazda Atenza with a 3UZ V8

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

This 2016 Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) was built by a company called “OMAS” in China. The sedan originally came with a 2.0 L SKYACTIV-G inline-four before the owner swapped it for a 2.5 L SKYACTIV-G inline-four and eventually added a supercharger. Then they sent the car to OMAS to be converted to RWD. There the company replaced the powertrain with a 4.3 L 3UZ V8 and automatic transmission from a Lexus LS430. As one might expect, the car needed a lot of work to fit the larger engine, transmission, and RWD drivetrain. The firewall and transmission tunnel needed to be cut and the rear end and subframe was sourced from a 2008 Toyota Crown. The car also required a new cooling system, exhaust, and fuel tank. The project took five months to complete at a cost of 100,000+ CNY or about $14,898 USD.

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

2016 Mazda 6 with a 3UZ V8 and RWD drivetrain

Source: new.QQ.com (Chinese) and Sihan Zhou via ESD reader

5 thoughts on “RWD Mazda Atenza with a 3UZ V8”

  1. Next, swap the gearbox to a manual for pure driving perfection 😛
    Love this project though, want to do something similar to my Mazda 6 in Australia. Hell, I’d give this guy holiday accomodation to come here and help 😉 haha!

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