• Oct 11th 2007 at 12:31AM
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You know how the Mazdaspeed3 is a pretty spiffy package, what with its 263 horses and 280 lb-ft of torque? The Australians have a better one. I know, I know -- shocking. Mazda Australia revealed the Mazda3 MPS Extreme at the Sydney Motor Show today, and it's a pretty compelling package. PCM reprogramming results in boosted mumbers of 281 horsepower and 313 lb-ft of torque. The fun doesn't end there either, as the Extreme gets a 2-inch exhaust and a suspension tuned by Murray Coote, who does the same for Australian race and rally cars. 19" BBS wheels with red MPS center caps fill out the fender cutouts, and the car itself is finished in red paint with black stripes and a black roof. It looks mean both in pictures and on paper, and it's just for our friends Down Under.

Follow the jump for the official press release and tech specs.

[Source: Mazda]

Mazda's Hot-Hatch Treated to Extreme Makeover

Mazda has today unveiled the third in its series of extreme cars, a modified version of the high-performance Mazda3 Mazda Performance Series (MPS), at the 2007 Sydney Motorshow.

Based on the top-selling Sports Pack luxury specification, the Mazda3 MPS Extreme has received engine, suspension and exhaust upgrades that improve the performance of the world's quickest hot-hatch by about twenty per cent.

Modified by Mazda Australia Motorsport Manager, Allan Horsley, this extreme makeover involves a recalculation to the car's Powertrain Control Module (PCM), allowing its standard 2.3-litre DISI turbo engine to generate a massive 210kW of power at 5300rpm and 425Nm of torque at 4400rpm.

Other modifications to the Mazda3 MPS include a free-flowing two-inch exhaust system and a sports muffler that will give this extreme car a suitability throaty exhaust note.

The car's suspension system has been redesigned by one of Australia's best suspension tuners, Murray Coote, and it now sits 25mm lower than the standard model, giving the car a more aggressive, sporty stance.

Coote, whose suspension systems sit beneath some of Australia's leading rally and racing cars, configured a suspension package that maintains the sharply responsive handling of the Mazda3 MPS while complementing its new found power boost.

The luxury hatch's standard 18-inch alloy wheels have been upsized to 19-inch BBS Motorsport wheels with Dunlop Sports (225/35ZR19) complete with a MPS monogram on the wheel centerpiece.

Cosmetically, its aggressive extreme look is created by a True Red body colour with black stripes, mimicking the white stripes seen on Mazda's Targa racing cars, and a black roof and rear spoiler.
Other alternations include extended black wheel arches to accommodate its larger wheels and tinted windows.

Inside the Mazda3 MPS Extreme�s Sports Pack brings black leather trim is accentuated by exclusive red leather trimming. The red theme continues with red highlights in the dash, gear-shift knob and steering wheel and doors trimmings.

The car's stopping power is generated through the state-of-art braking system found on the standard Mazda3 MPS. Its front disc brakes are 320mm in diameter and are ventilated, while the rear brakes are 280mm in diameter. An 8-9 inch tandem booster, along with a larger master cylinder, four-channel ABS, electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic brake assist all contribute to the Mazda3 MPS Extreme's effective braking performance.

Other safety features on the Mazda3 MPS Extreme include six airbags (dual front, front side and head protecting curtain airbags), a collapsible brake pedal and front and rear passenger seatbelt reminders as well as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with a Traction Control System (TCS).

"Creating an extreme version of our signature hot-hatch really is a case of making a great car even greater," says Horsley, the brains behind Mazda Australia's formidable RX-7 SP and MX-5 SP variants.

"As proof of the standard car's abilities it finished a stunning tenth outright at this year's Targa Tasmania rally and first in the event's Showroom category, needless to say the Mazda3 MPS Extreme lifts the performance bar on an already outstanding vehicle."

Other extreme vehicles produced by Mazda Australia include a turbo-charged version of Mazda�s signature sports car, RX-8, in 2004 and a rally-ready Mazda2 in 2005.

"Mazda Australia, under the direction of Allan Horsley, has an excellent reputation of pushing the envelope in the design and modification of high-performance cars," says Mazda Australia�s managing director Doug Dickson.

"To build an extreme version of our signature hot-hatch is very fitting as it builds on the company�s racing heritage as well as celebrating the sales success of the current car."
Also making its Australian premiere today was the next example of Mazda's second generation Zoom-Zoom product, the all-new Mazda6, while the company's first seven-seat crossover CX-9 made its first Sydney motor show appearance.

Mazda3 MPS Extreme Specifications

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Belt up and floor it I guess.
      That's an awesome amount of power but I really think AWD would of been a better addition.

      I'd still take it though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys should go check out on SRTforums.com in the general car discussion. A member just ran a 12.7 with his modified MS3. His mods are a boost controller running at 18psi, an intake, and I believe and exhaust and he has 307 hp and 381ftlbs of torque!
        • 8 Years Ago
        He was running drag slicks, too. Impressive nonetheless.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is there any reason a US Spec MS3 couldn't do these ECU/PCM upgrades?
        • 8 Years Ago
        your whacky emissions laws?
        • 8 Years Ago
        i can't see it being anything other an ECU tweak, possibly tuned up a bit because our emission standards are lower than japan's.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Okay... that may be true, but ignoring those, which many do anyway.

        Is this just a simple remap, or something else... that's my question.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Please excuse my ignorance here, but every time I read about cars here or wherever it seems Aussies and Euros are getting all the best cars...Japanese too. The original Skylines, the Holdens, the Caterhams, the original Atom, and so on and so on...(there really does seem to be so many more). Can someone please tell me 1) Why is this? 2) What are some cars we get that others don't?

      Thanks so much for helping me out.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Bleh, by Mitsubishi in the UK I mean they had all the EVO FQ-### models that nowhere else got.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Well British and Japanese cars are more likely to be in Australia (and vice-versa) due to all being RHD countries. And all countries have very different markets to America, even Australia which you'd think was quite similar but where an F-150 sells in America it's the Corolla in Australia (then all the Holden Commodores behind that).

        Mazda Japan aren't giving Australia this car either, everyone gets the same Mazda 3 MPS (Mazdaspeed, whatever you call it), just that Mazda Australia decided to make a more powerful version, just like Mitsubishi did in the UK without having anything to do with Mitsubishi back in Japan.

        Australia also got the very best NB MX-5 as well, a locally made turbo version with a lot more power than the Japanese turbo version sold in Australia a few years later.
        • 8 Years Ago
        California emission standards
      • 7 Years Ago
      nice, another horsley special. Can't wait
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a real shame Mazda didn't have the foresight to make the MazdaSpeed3 available in the 4 door sedan configuration. I'm sure that offering it only in a hatchback cost them a lot of sales in the U.S. I know it was a deciding factor for me. Maybe no one told them that hatchbacks aren't nearly as popular in the U.S. as they are in other countries?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Well in the rest of the known world (mainly Europe and Japan), hatchbacks are far more popular.

        I think one of the main reasons that they chose the hatch over the sedan was that the strengthening they apply to the chassis is easier and cheaper on the hatch. The sedan opened up issues with fuel tanks and things like that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Did anyone say.... ttttoorque steeeeer!!!
        • 8 Years Ago
        "Impossible to tell" is a bit strong. The tech certainly helps, but there's still some torque steer there. It's certainly an impressive car, but it still feels like the FWD car it is.
        That said, it's probably the best FWD car I've ever driven.
        • 8 Years Ago
        All that system does is limit boost in 1st and second gears

        essentially running the motor in limp mode and making less power

        NOT a good thing
        • 8 Years Ago
        Have you driven a MPS3?

        They have this cool tech that limits torque in the first 2 gears that is impossible to tell when it happens.

        They drive like a dream too.
        • 8 Years Ago
        It is impossible to tell when the torque limiting is taking place. You still get torque steer, but it is way less than most FWD cars.

        I reckon an early 90s Corolla gets more torque steer than this, and it has about half the power (and torque).
      • 8 Years Ago
      The problem is that performance figures vary imensely. The Mazda 3 MPS has performance times varying from about 0-100 in 6.3s & 14.5s quater mile to 0-100 in 5.4s & 14.0 @ 101mph quater mile (Car and Driver magazine's May 2007).

      so it is basically down to who is the better driver.

      And considering that the car has been tested as faster than a WRX around some circuits, it's handles corners quite well.

      FF/FR/AWD is not the be all and end all that people seem to think it is.

      As for pricing, that depends entirely on what part of the world you live. In Australia the 3 MPS is $40K and the S3 is $65K... so not double, but $25,000 is a lot of money.

      in the end, i'd prefer the S3 though ;P
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mazda needs to hurry up and get the Renesis 2 into production. It's sad when a run-of-the-mill turbo four cylinder makes more power and torque than the company's unique flagship engine.

      I would rather see AWD/4WD than increased power in this car.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Amen to that, I would take it in a second if it has AWD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      281hp blowing through a 2-inch exhaust? Wow. This thing would make serious power with a less restrictive system, although as previously pointed out, it's already making enough power to be useless without serious electrical intervention.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How hard would it be to drop the Mazaspeed 6 AWD drivetrain in to one of these babies?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've driven one of these a few times and I can honestly say that it is probably the most fun car you can buy for the money. The power and refinement for the price point is really astonishing. -M
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