Don’t Call It A Mazdaspeed3 Yet, Turbo Mazda3 In The Works

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Mazda3 Mazdaspeed3 Rendering | Photo: X-Tomi Design

Car enthusiasts have been patiently for the return of the Mazdaspeed3 for over six years – apparently, a boosted Mazda3 is coming.

Mazda has built some incredible sporty cars throughout its history. Outside of the RX cars, the Mazda 323 GTX, Mazda MX-6 GT, Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6 are some of the greatest and least known of all JDM sports cars. A Turbo Mazda3 might just be in the works.

In a discussion with Autocar, all-new Mazda3 program manager Kota Beppu, they guy that makes the big  decisions, said he wants a “hyper” version of the hatchback. He added that: “I’m a car guy, so I myself want to drive a high performance Mazda3… I’ll do my best”

We recently attended the launch of the new 2019 Mazda3 AWD cars and can only really said that the chassis seems more than ready to harbour some real power.

The simple solution to creating a “hyper” 3 is by dropping in the CX-5, CX-9 and Mazda6’s turbocharged 2.5-litre engine. There are few issues with this options, according to the interview, one being emissions. The 2.5T is not sold in Europe and may not meet requirements – to that we say too bad…

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2019 Mazda3 Sport | Photo: Mazda
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2019 Mazda3 Sport | Photo: Mazda
2019 Mazda3 interior
2019 Mazda3 Sedan | Photo: Mazda

The other is that 310 lb.-ft. of torque on tap would make a new FWD Mazdaspeed3 a handful, much like the late-90s turbocharged FWD MX-6 GT and its massive torque steer. Obviously, the new Mazda3 is available with AWD which would curb this issue. It would also line it up squarely with the delightful Volkswagen Golf R. As well, some may think that 250-horsepower may be too timid a number for such a car – to that we say ridiculous!

Beppu refers to the VW Golf GTI in the interview, stating that the hot 3 “needs to be responsible and friendly… more friendly than a Golf GTI,” and ads “it should be fast.”

So, what will it be then? All the torque with AWD or less torque, more refinement and FWD? We can’t wait to find out more.

Source: Autocar

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