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Old 12-22-2004, 06:36 AM
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Whats an automatic doing in that thing

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that's gonna be heavy as a boat, look at the mazda6. Props for the effort!
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Spy Shots: '06 Mazdaspeed3

Spy Shots: '06 Mazdaspeed3 - - by KGP Photography - - Source: The Car COnnection

Mazda engineers have been spotted around Germany 's Nürburgring race track with an enhanced version of their Mazda3 - an early prototype for the MazdaSpeed3. It appears that this prototype has a larger, more aggressive exhaust tip, but the real story is found up front.

The large makeshift hood scoop is clear proof that something special has been added to the engine - most likely a turbocharger given the recently turbocharged MazdaSpeed6. The MazdaSpeed6 turbocharges the 2.3-liter four-cylinder, resulting in 274 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, which necessitated a switch to an AWD drivetrain.

Given its place in Mazda's pecking order, it would seem likely that this Mazda3 prototype has a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine, putting horsepower at somewhere near the 235 range. With such power levels, a MazdaSpeed3 version would obviously benefit from all- wheel traction, but could also conceivably remain a front-driver.

We expect that more advanced MazdaSpeed3 prototypes will display revised sheetmetal, with a more aggressive front fascia and a properly integrated hood bulge to accommodate the turbocharger.


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I am just waiting for this car. Want to get a lower priced small 4 door and this would be perfect
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What died on the hood?
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What died on the hood?
Its a prototype, and the 2.3 Mazda Turbo motor has the intercooler on top of the engine.
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I really like the look and feel of the 5dr Mazda3. MazdaSpeed6, like many VW's is too damn heavy.
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i would love to pick up a mazda 3 for my next car
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I'm going to trade my '04 for this next year if it's not retardedly expensive ($26k+)
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Originally Posted by charliemike
I'm going to trade my '04 for this next year if it's not retardedly expensive ($26k+)
I doubt it would start that high since I read that the MPS6 will start out at $27,995.
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Originally Posted by charliemike
I'm going to trade my '04 for this next year if it's not retardedly expensive ($26k+)
I am going to trade in my 05 MZ3 if AWD and 240HP are standard.
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:39 AM
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Mazda raises Mazda3 output on brisk demand - - Reuters / June 28, 2005 - - Source: Automotive News

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor Corp. said on Tuesday it is raising output of its Mazda3 compact car by making the hot-selling model at another domestic factory that reopened last year.

Production of the sporty compact, called Axela in Japan, began on Tuesday at the Ujina No.2 plant near its headquarters in Hiroshima, western Japan. Mazda plans to build 2,000 units a month, all bound for overseas markets, at the Ujina No.2 plant, it said in a statement.

That will bring total annual production of the Mazda3 to about 350,000 units, a Mazda spokeswoman said. Last year, the automaker produced 337,377 units of the car at two other factories in western Japan.

The compact model, first launched in October 2003, is in short supply all over the world, especially in Europe, North America and Australia.

In the first four months of this year, Mazda3 sales in the United States totalled 31,722 units, up 32 percent from the same period last year. Its popularity has also helped Mazda to become Australia's top-selling import brand in the year to date.

The Ujina No.2 plant, called U2 inside Mazda, also builds the Mazda2/Demio subcompact, and has been redesigned to be more flexible to allow production of a wide range of models, including minivans.
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I can't wait for the Mazdaspeed 3
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Old 06-29-2005, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by bkknight369
fuckers put a navi in the mazda 3 but not a mazda 6



Navi is available in the 6 in 2006
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:58 AM
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nice cars.

i just can't stand the clear rear lights, that shit's played out on the Lexus' and Altimas - i can't believe honda put them on the newst MDX...
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Old 06-29-2005, 09:59 AM
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The 3 is incredible, just as the Protege was incredible for the money. Kudos to Mazda!
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MPS Mazda 3 At Geneva


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Originally Posted by http://response.jp
The Matsuda 3MPS, ' Matsuda 3 ' with the flagship model, raised sport inclination. High output it unites with " the MZR " 2.3 liter DISI turbo engine and the combination わ て is.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:23 AM
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nice i would love to upgrade our mazda 3s to and fast AWD hatchback.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:15 PM
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Damnit I love this car. MazdaSpeed would be the shit.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:38 PM
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<--- waiting to see teh 4dr sedan!?! Having a Murano and Quest, the last thing I have interest in is another 5dr vehicle.
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Sorry guys, looks FWD from the press release.

But, if it's not that expensive, I'm going to definitely upgrade
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Originally Posted by http://www.worldcarfans.com
New Mazda3 MPS
The flagship of the Mazda3 range, the all-new Mazda3 MPS, will give sports-minded customers a double dose of Zoom-Zoom driving fun. Mazda3 MPS is the second model in the Mazda Performance Series, following the Mazda6 MPS launched in Europe a month ago. The car will be called Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan, Mazdaspeed3 in North America and, in other key regions including Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Mazda3 MPS.

Mazda looked to embody the three distinct attributes with the new vehicle: Driving Fun, Ownership Delight and Everyday User-Friendly Convenience. With its compact, lightweight body and substantial power generated by its 2.3L MZR DISI TURBO petrol engine, Mazda3 MPS is one of the most powerful high-performance sports compacts with front-wheel drive (FWD) on the road today.

The car's styling pursues a look of strength and solidity in a design that conveys its unmatched dynamic performance at a glance. Mazda3 MPS reflects Mazda's intention to continue delivering Zoom-Zoom in all its products.

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http://www.mazda.com/publicity/release/200602/0213.html
Originally Posted by MAZDA.COM

The new, upgraded Mazda3 line up will be revealed at the Geneva Show as well.

Mazda will hold its press conference at the Mazda stand from 11:45 to 12:00 on Tuesday, 28 February 2006. Detailed information and photos will be made available at that time.
The wording of the press release is a little tricky but it seems a Mazdaspeed 3 and possibly a refreshed Mazda3-series line will both be introduced at Geneva.
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Originally Posted by Wheels 24
Although Mazda hasn't released any official info yet about this engine, we can tell you that this direct-injection, single-turbo produces 191 kW at 5 500 r/min and massive torque of 380 Nm at just 3 000 r/min.
http://www.wheels24.co.za/Wheels24/N...880253,00.html

I don't know if they are claiming to know the power of the MPS 3 or if they are speaking in general terms of what the engine has been known to produce...

191kw(256hp) @5500
380Nm(280lbft) @3000

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There will be a lot of dissapointed people that were expecting AWD and the same twin turbo engine as the mazda6speed. But on a whole it will be received with open arms!

I thought Honda was catching up with the 4 door Civic Si, but now they will have to play catch up again. So sad....
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Damn, 256hp ... This thing is not going to be cheap.

That's nearly 100hp more than my Mz3s has right now ... I can't imagine
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There will be a lot of dissapointed people that were expecting AWD and the same twin turbo engine as the mazda6speed. But on a whole it will be received with open arms!

I thought Honda was catching up with the 4 door Civic Si, but now they will have to play catch up again. So sad....
I still think Honda will have made up some ground with the Si sedan. But if Honda really wants to compete in this niche market, they'd create a Type R model with the modified powertrain/driveline from the upcoming RDX. It seems like that would give the STi and Evo a run for the money (pun?).
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I still think Honda will have made up some ground with the Si sedan. But if Honda really wants to compete in this niche market, they'd create a Type R model with the modified powertrain/driveline from the upcoming RDX. It seems like that would give the STi and Evo a run for the money (pun?).
Yeah, but if anything, they would do it to an RSX, and not the Civic. That would be stepping on acura's toes.
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There will be a lot of dissapointed people that were expecting AWD and the same twin turbo engine as the mazda6speed. But on a whole it will be received with open arms!

I thought Honda was catching up with the 4 door Civic Si, but now they will have to play catch up again. So sad....
The MS6 has a 4cyl single turbo. The MS3 will prolly have the same motor with less output and fwd.
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should be AWD
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The MS6 has a 4cyl single turbo. The MS3 will prolly have the same motor with less output and fwd.
Oooops! I thought it had a two stage turbo. Thanks for the correction!
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should be AWD

Ya but they have to keep the price competitive. Look for this to start in the low 20's. Mazda's done a great job with setting up the FWD MS Protege and then the 3. So I wouldn't be worried about an unbalanced car.

If Honda wants to compete they'll have to move away from high reving tourqeless engines and drop a turbo in the 2.0L. If you think about it they've been stuck at 200HP and no tourque since the 1994 SR-V and 1997 Type R. Time to move up.
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Ya but they have to keep the price competitive. Look for this to start in the low 20's. Mazda's done a great job with setting up the FWD MS Protege and then the 3. So I wouldn't be worried about an unbalanced car.
oh yeah dont get me wrong i think it will be a great car, our 3s is great, and with quite a few extra ponies it would be a blast to drive. i just keep looking for nice AWD cars so i can stay away from the need to buy an SUV.
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Mazda Mazdaspeed3
The big news here is the turbo I4 from the Mazdaspeed6 makes its way into the engine bay of this front driver.




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I'm loving this...wonder why Ford can't do the same...
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Ya but they have to keep the price competitive. Look for this to start in the low 20's. Mazda's done a great job with setting up the FWD MS Protege and then the 3. So I wouldn't be worried about an unbalanced car.

If Honda wants to compete they'll have to move away from high reving tourqeless engines and drop a turbo in the 2.0L. If you think about it they've been stuck at 200HP and no tourque since the 1994 SR-V and 1997 Type R. Time to move up.
I agree, I drove a friends new SI earlier today and it has a BRILLIANT chassis but the engine is just gutless. My track cars and weekend cars have all been high rev NA screamers, so I am used to staying in the power band. My current car digs in just south of 4K and pulls hard and solid up to its 8k redline, my only bitch about Honda engines is the TINY power band in their high HP engines. I understand the jewel quality of the SI's engine but in todays climate you need a more torque and even a little more HP, even if it means displacement or FI. In Europe (UK particularly) and possibly Japan (don't know their market well) the SI is right up their alley but in the US we value 0-60 and 1/4m too much. When I first saw the new SI, I thought is was a winner, in the few short months since then it doesn't even look like a podium finisher... but I would still like to have one.
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