• Jul 4, 2007

The highly-anticipated Mazda2 still hasn't been launched in Europe, and word out of Hiroshima is that an MPS (a.k.a. Mazdaspeed) version is already in the works. Mazda's 2.0L powerplant will be outfitted with direct injection and turbocharging to the tune of 230hp and 231 lb-ft torque. With every souped-up vehicle comes the prerequisite larger wheels and body kit, and Mazda isn't one to shun tradition, so we'll see all the added goodies on the hotted-up little hatch. Chances are that the boosted Mazda econobox won't hit US shores (after all, the Mazda2/Demio's only planned for Europe and Japan right now), and we're more disappointed than surprised. If this rumored edition is as good a deal as the blown Mazda3, then it'll be a shame for it not to grace our shores.

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Zoom zoom! Bring it to the US!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugh. Stop taunting us.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For the love of the car gods, bring this stateside. I want it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      We don't get awesome small cars because we don't buy small cars, and we don't buy small cars because we don't have any awesome small cars. That and we're idiots.

      Read: Start buying small cars, NOT big ones, or SUVs. Got that?
        • 7 Years Ago
        so what small car should i buy? im replacing a 95 honda accord and want something with spectacular fuel economy, but also something fun to drive.

        i would buy a hot hatch, if they existed here. should i just buy a rabbit? and when, if ever, is the tdi coming out?

        i think if companies took a chance and gave us decent small cars (yaris for example, good, but meh... boring) i think we would be more akin to buy one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still want to see a Mazdaspeed 5, 230-270 bhp in a small minivan would be the illest.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i usually hate ford and especially mazda, but that would be amazing, though 230 hp would be a little too much. something closer to or lower than 200 hp would be best. than again, this could be said about any small car, and a stiffer suspension would be desired.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about a civic Si? It's got good fuel economy. On the level of spectacular fuel economy, why not try a regular civic, a coupe if you want something smaller. They are capable of reaching the high 30's.

      Honda fit would be another way to go. Or you could just wait around until the mazda 2 comes to our shores as either a mazda or the ford variant. The one thing about this little hotted up mazda is that you would be struggling to get mid to high 20's if it ever came here.

      The last thought I heard was that the Tdi would be a 2009. Now when it would come out is another thing entirely.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Canadians buy tons of small cars (& tons of Mazdas) but their not even giving us the '2'.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The big news for the U.S. is that 2.0L direct injection turbo MZR engine will probably find its way under the hood of the next Mazdaspeed MX-5. That engine would produce at least 60 hp and 90 lb-ft more than the current 2.0L MZR currently in the MX-5. That would be a significant performance boost, which I would imagine could bring the Miata into the mid 5-second range for 0-60 mph acceleration. We may not get the MPS Mazda2 in its entirety, but I'm willing to bet we'll see the egine (or Mazda could surprise us and dump the 270+ hp 2.3L direct injection turbo into the Miata).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazda, I love you and all, but for the love of god: bring the Mazda2 to our shores! (or atleast to Hawaii). My Mazda3 needs a playmate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HOLY TORQUE STEER, BATMAN!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Having driven the new Mazda2, I can say that 230hp would be very interesting ;-)

      As for the 1.4 it drives very well, might even think about chopping in my Mazda3 Sport when it is released.
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