If Mazda ever decided to make a Mazdaspeed3 version of its new Mazda3, this is what it could look like.
The all-new 2019 Mazda3 has been redesigned from the ground up and features plenty of new features such as i-ACTIV all-wheel drive and an incoming SKYACTIV-X engine. What’s not likely to happen, however, is a new Mazdaspeed3 version.
Still, maybe the folks at Mazda can take a look at this recent rendering from X-Tomi Design and perhaps it will change their minds? The stunning design concept features massive wheels with red trim, black glass roof and mirror caps, a subtle body kit and a more pronounced hood.
What’s nice about this design is just how subdued it is. It’s not over the top, it’s just a more agressive version of the new Mazda3, like a BMW M2 to the normal 2 Series. Unfortunately, there’s very little chance this design or any Mazdaspeed3 ever makes it to production.
Mazda global boss Akira Marumoto told reporters last year that no Mazdaspeed version was planned for the new Mazda3. The new 2019 Mazda3 currently features either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 horsepower or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 186 horsepower.
The last Mazdaspeed3 was offered until 2013 and featured a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 263 horsepower and a hefty 280 pound-feet of torque. It reached 100 km/h in less than 6.0 seconds and had a manual gearbox that sent the engine’s power to the front wheels. Despite copious amounts of torque steer, the Mazdaspeed3 was a favorite of any enthusiast.
Shame it’s not coming back… Right Mazda?