Next Mazdaspeed3 Going All-Wheel Drive?

For a while the Mazdaspeed3 had the bragging rights in the hot hatch world, with more power than anybody else had to offer. That was a long time ago though, and the game has moved on significantly since that time.
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A report from Drive sheds new light on the replacement model, which needs to work with a brand new platform. Australian brand manager for Mazda, Martin Benders, told them the Japanese automaker is now considering an all-wheel drive version of the MPS. "Considering" means absolutely nothing. They could just as well not make a new Mazdaspeed3, but AWD does sound like a good idea.

As far fetched at that might seem, the Mazda6 MPS was all-wheel drive all those years ago, despite its competitors, the Ford Mondeo ST and Opel Vectra OPC, being front-wheel drive.

Putting all-wheel drive in the hot hatch would give it a better chance of making full use of its available power.

Just like Honda, who is going to reveal the Type R hatch three years after the normal models came out, it seems Mazda is de-prioritizing its hot hatches.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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