• Oct 22, 2008


Click above for high-res gallery of 2010 Mazdaspeed3 spy shots

With the new 2010 Mazda3 on its way, the next logical question for any gearhead worth his driving shoes is when we'll set our eyes on the next Mazdaspeed version. Well, we have our answer already if the latest batch of spy shots are to be believed.

The current Mazdaspeed3, also known as the Mazda3 MPS in Europe and the Mazdaspeed Axela in the Japanese domestic market, is a veritable barn-stormer and Mazda's performance engineers will be eager to follow up with an even hotter version of the new model. This prototype, bearing all the hallmarks of the new 3 coupled with all manner of performance bolt-ons, was spotted lapping the vaunted Nürburgring Nordschleife wearing a bit of camo and a lot of speed. The shots reveal the presence of a big ol' hood scoop, oversized alloys, a full aero kit and dual exhaust. Of course, the next question is what engine will be crammed under that gaping bonnet vent, with some suggesting a revamped version of the current model's direct-inject 2.3-liter turbo four and others the Volvo-derived 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo slated to crank out 300 hp in the new Euro-only Ford Focus RS. Tantalizing options, both, but we'll just have to wait and see what the Zoom-Zoom crew have in store for us.


[Source: KGP Photography]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet, hood scoop! Better be functional.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nah, they'll axe the hood scoop before production. The last MS3 spy shots had a scoop, and they decided to make the top half of the grille a scoop of the top mount IC. That's one thing I like about my car, it's got the same top mount stuff the WRX/STI has, but without the shouty hood scoop. It's nice and subtle. I suspect they'll do the same here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please please give it a hood scoop. I want my fast car to look agressive and not like it has a big nose like the current car and the ms6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of course it will be. The previous gen had a top mount intercooler as this one is sure to have also. On the previous gen however, the 'scoop' was integrated more into the bottom of the leading edge of the hood.

        Plus, I can't think of any Japanese cars off the top of my head with unfunctional hood scoops, as opposed to a number of American cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Toyota seems to like putting fake scoops on their SUVs... But in this case, I'd bet that if it wasn't necessary to keep the scoop open (for functional purposes), then it would have been under that front end mask and hidden from view...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It needs to be AWD and I think it looks better than the current EVO/STi.
        • 6 Years Ago
        EVO and STI need a $22k FWD for the 99% of people who aren't pretending to be the late great Colin McRae.
      Derek
      • 6 Years Ago
      Today, literally 5 minutes ago, I just completed the purchase of my buddy's Mazda3. Why? So I can save up for a little bit and get this bad boy when it comes out. Not to mention the Mazda trade-in bonus.

      Can't wait to see her without the camo, I'm guessing she'll be even prettier.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A few problems going on here. First, there will be no AWD = too expensive and heavy, it will be FWD with a LSD as an option. RWD? No, this isn't a stand-alone, limited production sports car. Lets not forget its a tarted up Mazda3, Mazda's car for the masses, albeit a very good one. 300+ horsepower, why? So what if you can't tell your step-dad's brother-in-law your car can beat his Cobalt through a 1/4 mile. Real driving enthusiasts realize there's more to the driving experience than sheer acceleration. That's why the MX-5 has done so well - its never been the most powerful, but it doesn't matter. Anybody owning a current MS3 will tell you their car is damn quick, and I doubt they care that a WRX can beat them off the line, because they're not stuck with an ugly car that's made of recycled hamster cages.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obituary for October 22nd, 2008:

      The subtle difference difference between the Mazdaspeed 3 and the Subaru WRX died today due to complications resulting from the addition of a hoodscoop to the MS3...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its the bastard child of matrix and astra. Love the cutsie smilie face front end too. Not!

      How much is this piece of sh#t?
        • 6 Years Ago

        Are you kidding?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it!

      I also vote it for "Best use of Black Duct Tape".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you think the guy who did the tape job is a Van Halen fan?

        Anyway, I like the hatch design far better than the sedan. I own a sedan now, after owning two hatches previously, and I miss being able to flip down the seats and haul large items.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know this is crazy, but the spokes on those wheels are shaped like Wankel rotors. I'd be shocked if they used a turbo Renesis, but damn that'd be cool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, the R3 uses 19" dark painted wheels, and no, they are not 18" RX-8 wheels either. Mazda is and has been using rotor-shaped spokes for years now (CX-7, 2009 6, 2009 RX-8), this is just an updated version.

        I like em.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Speed3 just lost a comparo to the WRX and the Cobalt SS. 265 hp just won't cut it in this segment anymore. I vote they crank it up to 300. And lose the hood scoop. And either give it AWD like the Speed6 or at least make it an option. And keep the price under $25k. This car has a high probability of being my first buy when I graduate college in a couple years, so I'm paying close attention.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol. "Please give it 300hp, AWD, and keep it the same price..."

        k thx bye
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do I think most of my wishes are practical? Heck no. But I can dream can't I?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also: i really really REALLY hope its the T-5 because....

        www.ipdusa.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        doesn't the current MS3 have a top-mounted IC, and use ductwork to get the air to it? I'm all for functional hood-scoops.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You had me until you said keep the price under $25k, a DI 300hp AWD hatch from Mazda and you want it to be $25k. Not-bloody-likely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LS7,

        You have identified the wrong problem.

        No, I hate to generalize but anyone who believes C&Ds 'Lightning Lap' results seriously needs a CT scan.

        I don't mean to take it out on you, after all its not fair that such an awful magazine be misleading people, but its pretty effin' obvious that something isn't adding up.

        And I don't 'adding' up like the idiots and their basic physics GT-R arguments, I'm saying the times year-on-year at the Lightning Lap don't make any d@mned sense.

        Unverifiable results. In complete contrast with every other automotive journalist. And often in argument with themselves, C&D is an unreputable source, IMO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In fact you can get 300hp out of the current MS3 without spending much extra money. First thing to do is ditch the TMIC.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hey why not,
        that lotus was mentioned int he lightning lap and another article, and even the journalists admitted there was something not right about it.
        for the record my supercharged LS integra was faster, got better mileage and cost about 30k less (after the full build) AND it was a 96.

        @BMcLH,
        agreed, the lightning lap is totally fubar'd. the price classes also make no sense based on what competed... the mugen civic si in the LL2 class just because it was $170 over 30k? so outclassed for power. yet the LL1 class record holder was a 350z track? that is a real bank buster for the less than 30k mark, and how long ago? the LL2 class having a 30k variance (30k-60k) shows a huge disparity. i assume also that they only take 'new' or 'freshened' models, and there was no camaro avail, and no mustang (not even a bullitt?). it really showcases nothing. cars that cost different amounts perform differently? really?
        maybe if we start a new class division... there will be 2
        cars that claim they were 'tuned on the nubergring (sp)' and cars that 'weren't'
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well the hood scoop isn't going anywhere (and you shouldn't want it to) because, if functional, if more than likely feeds a top mounted intercooler. And you won't be getting 300hp+AWD for less than $29k. And frankly, i don't think the size of that car lends itself to an AWD system, Logistically speaking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BigMcLargeHuge:
        Save your insults.

        I mistyped my statement though, I meant to say the Elise SC had the advantage of lighter weight and RWD, not that it had more power.
      • 6 Years Ago
      any of you ms3 owners notice the rear spoiler? the chmsl has been moved to the hatch instead of on the wing or at least it is on the hatch portion of the wing instead of on the wing side (does that make sense?)
      i think this looks like a decent refreshening as opposed to a whole new car.. and no, it doesn't look like a vibe/matrix (pay attention to the rear quarters and shoulders)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Screw you, Mazda, where's my turbo 2.3 Miata?
      • 6 Years Ago
      from the location of the hoodscoop i would only assume we are looking at a top mount intercooler and thus having the 2.5L I5 (from the focus RS) looks unlikely. More than likely its going to be an MZR based motor of ither existing 2.3L or new 2.5L version both with direct injection and turbocharging either of which should produce somewhere around 300hp. put me down as a yay for sedan version
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