AWD 300HP Mazdaspeed3 this year
With 300-horsepower and an all-wheel-drive system, the new Mazdaspeed3 could be just what performance fans have been waiting for…
The current Mazda3 (shown above) has garnered a lot of praise since its release, but there have been those who criticised its performance and power and passed it up in favour of a different model. But now news has emerged which could significantly change people’s opinions.
That’s because, according to motoring.com.au, Mazda is refreshing its line-up and will bring back the performance-focussed Mazdaspeed3, with an official debut being talked about for as early as the Frankfurt auto show later this year.
The new Mazdaspeed3 is expected to mark the revival of the Mazda Performance Series – the Japanese brand’s overseas division focussed on one thing: performance (funnily enough given its name).
While there is no official proof to back up the speculation, it’s exciting nonetheless and if true, could present another serious choice for hot hatch enthusiasts.
So what about performance?
The Motoring report says that the new Mazdaspeed3 will boast a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine capable of outputting 295-horsepower to all four wheels. If that is indeed the case, it would surpass cars like the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI and instead rival the Focus RS, Golf R and maybe even the Subaru WRX STI.
The last Mazdaspeed3 ended production several years ago, but in its day was a formidable force featuring 263-horsepower, which all went to the front wheels only. This led to many people complaining about torque steer, unsurprisingly, but Mazda look to have taken those complaints on-board when designing the new Mazdaspeed3.
Also worthy of note in the Motoring report is that Mazda are (apparently) considering churning out more performance-focussed models, including sportier versions of the MX-5 Miata and Mazda2.
There could be exciting times ahead for Mazda fans. Watch this space…