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MAZDA 3 MPS / SPEED 3 3 MPS / MAZDASPEED3  2009 2013
2009 2013

The second generation of the Mazda 3 MPS was introduced by the Japanese automaker during the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
The car boasts the new Mazda 3’s exterior design, while integrating some minor detailing features exclusive to the MPS or Mazdaspeed3 model, like pronounced wheel arches, wider chassis for improved stability, uprated suspension and tires for extra grip. One of the most distinctive features of the new Mazda 3 MPS model is the central air intake in the hood. The engine remained the same 2.3L MZR DISI unit capable of putting out 260 hp, but its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced.

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MAZDA 3 MPS / SPEED 3 3 MPS / MAZDASPEED3  2006 2009
2006 2009

It was the last hot-hatch built by Mazda before departing from Ford.
Its compact size and powerful engine were impressive for those times.

The otherwise economical and simple Mazda 3 had a sibling who was anything else than that. It was the fastest Mazda 3 and promised the other hot-hatches on the market to put up a good fight with them.

The era of front-wheel drive hot-hatches was still on top of its game. Vehicles such as the Golf GTI, Focus ST, or Honda Civic Type R were highly appreciated on the market. The Megane RS was considered the king of them all. But the Japanese Mazda was closing in.

The Mazda 3 MPS was offered in a regular, 5-door, hatchback form. The hood was slightly risen to make room for the big intercooler. The roof-spoiler in the back was bigger than on a regular version. The only two details that could tell the difference were the bigger light-alloy wheels and the bigger exhaust in the back.

Inside, the car featured a new design with sport-bucket seats and the same dashboard as the rest of the range. The aluminum pedals and the colors used for the dashboard were some of the interior details that mattered.

The big difference was under the hood. There, an inline-four engine was turbocharged and offered 260 hp. The car was front-wheel-drive and, to prevent wheelspin, it was fitted with a standard front self-locking differential. Due to that, the car became very violent when turning into a corner and floor the gas pedal. The six-speed manual was very precise but not as sleek as some of its competitors. And no automatic was on the options list. The full-independent suspension featured stiffer dampers than the rest of its siblings, who were just economical and family-oriented hatchbacks.

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