Three years: that’s how long this car lasted in the market. It’s broadly a Mazda 929 with a different (and longer badge) and an unusual Miller-cycle 2.3 litre V6 supercharged engine.
Nothing if not responsive to the caprices and whims of our dear readers, I dug out this little nugget to satisfy those who have been stalking the Miller engine lately. The photo is not as good as a scan but then again I avoided a walk to my local print shop and all the tedium that would entail. Pistonheads wrote about the car here. It can be considered a BMW 5-series competitor but is somewhat larger. The rounded forms conceal the bulk.
There are 70 Xedos cars on sale at mobile.de: Most are the 6; few are 9s. The cheapest Xedos 9 is 550 euros and only has 168,000 km on the odometer. Frankly, that’s a steal. Most of these cars are under a thousand euros. What’s not to like? Some could point to the styling. I say it’s smooth, refined and elegant. The only thing Honest John can find to say about the car that is not positive is that “it is unremarkable to look at” and pre-1997 cars don’t handle so well. After our month of things Japanese, I have a new appreciation for their approach to design. Actually, the Xedos is rather handsome and restrained and I challenge anyone to say its restraint is less acceptable than an Audi A6 of similar vintage. The other thing Honest John says is that the cars are proving rather reliable.
I didn’t say much about Miller-cycle engines. Blame James May for that.