Next Mazda3 MPS / Mazdaspeed3 Could Drop Turbo
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During the recent Mazda3 prototype drive event, Auto Express magazine talked to engineers who said the next MPS could simply use a tuned 2.0-liter engine. No, not a turbo 2-liter like every other hot hatch in its class has, a naturally aspirated Spyactiv unit based on the one that's already available.
This would be tuned to produce somewhere around 200 horsepower at 7,000rpm, a lot less than the monster that's currently power the car.
If this is true, fans of the Mazdaspeed/MPS badge will surely be disappointed. But after the much-rumored demise of the Evo, nothing surprises us that much. The only way to make sense of this report is to look at it from another perspective.
Honda still makes a car like this, the Civic S, which has a 2.4-liter VTEC engine producing only 201 hp. It's their only hot compact in America and goes up against the much more powerful Ford Focus ST by undercutting it in terms of price.
Mazda could be looking at a similar let's just do it and be done attitude to hot models while it tries to tackle much more important projects, like the Mazda2 and CX-3.
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On 11 September 2013 at 11:50 UTC, Shane M. said:
As a mazdaspeed3 owner and a member of the mazdaspeed community, I am very disappointed. I have owned 2 mazdaspeed3's and 2 n/a mazda3's (2.0 & 2.5). If the company with the soul of a sports car fails to give their key demographic what they want, I can see bad things happening. Yes, they offer the fun MX-5 and a new 16x rotary car is coming in 2 years, but where is the power? How can you're performance modle have only 11 more hp than your grand touring model? If you elect me president, I'll bring back the speed3, the speed6, the speedmiata, and so on. every model should have a speed version like Saturn's Redline line.
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