• Jan 14, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Mazdaspeed3

We've already seen the 2010 Mazda3 in sedan and five-door form, but as much as we love the standard model in all of its guises, there's one variant we're anxiously awaiting. The 2010 Mazdaspeed3 (or MPS to our friends abroad) is on the way, and according to our sources, it's coming to the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The 2010 MS3 has some huge shoes to fill after we fell in love with the current model during its time in the Autoblog Garage. We've gotten confirmation that the prototype spied at the Nurburging in October is, in fact, the new Mazdaspeed variant, although it's still unclear what turbocharged engine is being fed by that massive hoodscoop.

Early reports indicated that Mazda's boffins were hard at work retuning the current turbo'd 2.3-liter four-cylinder for duty in the 2010 model, but why invest the time in an upgrade when there's a perfectly suitable – and hugely powerful – 2.5-liter five-cylinder available from the Ford parts bin? The turbocharged Duratec fitted to the 2010 Focus RS seems like the obvious choice, with 295 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque being channeled to the front wheels through a six-speed manual and limited slip differential. We can hope – no, pray – this is Mazda's plan. And we're going to find out in just over two months time.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      i don't get it. didn't the last one have around 300 hp ish? so why would they take an engine from the ford parts bin when it's really not a change in power or fuel efficiency?

      i understand that the 5 cylinder has more displacement and therefore it's not taxed as much as a 2.3l 4 cyl, but i just. don't. get. it.

      could someone help me here?
        • 6 Years Ago
        case closed. shoulda wiki'd it before i opened my mouth...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The previous MS3 had 263HP if I remember right...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally, I say keep the power the same. It was plenty of power for it. And it handled great. Every test out there shows it out running the new WRX through the corners. Granted that wasn't hard as the WRX has horrible suspension.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These "disigused" pics of a future car are laughable. Take the normal car out with it's scoop and 9 of 10 wouldn't bling an eye. Take this sado-duct tape joke out and every one this sid ef blind can guess it's something yet to be sold. What a laugh...

      PS all you AWD wishers, which away...the car is FWD, it's already been registered w/the EPA already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look! It comes with a free surfboard glued to the top of the roof!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it even with the goofy grin on the grill-I think Mazda has better quality and style to their vehicles, and I like the idea that hot hatches still exist. I don't think the VW GTi is all that-and I like the interior on the new 3's except for the nasty tiny nav screen. Mazda-what were/are you thinking ? The nav screen doesn't look at all user friendly-it's too tiny to read-and what are you going to charge for the navi/sat radio combo ? $1400-1500 for a tiny screen is something you should re-think, and soon. I can get better features in a portable one anyway.

      Make mine at least 300hp/300torque-more turbo in the lower rev range-AWD, yes-include AWD to get rid of that torque steer and make it friendly in snow-belt states. I think it would spank the WRX in price and quality and features. IMHO
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would Mazda give up direct injection, do they want worse mileage?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds good Mazda. Now can I please have an updated Mazdaspeed 6?

      My current one is getting older and you don't have anything available to replace it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just hope the front clip of the MS3 is void of that ridiculous "smile" that's on the standard 3.

      Otherwise...bring on the FWD horsepower per cost war.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pass. There is such thing as too much power for a fwd platform, esp given the reviews of previous RS's out of EVO and CAR and their speculation on the handling characteristics of the 2010 RS. Aside from that, props to mazda for continuing to build a great enthusiast option.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree to an extent. I would love for cars like this (SRT-4, Cobalt SS, etc.) to have AWD system to handle all the power (even really basic system), but I think the problem is making the car cost effective.

        The first car company that can stuff 300HP and an AWD system into a nicely equipped 2/4/5 door vehicle for $25k and under has a real winner on its hands.

        Because as far as I'm aware there isn't such a vehicle on the market currently...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll help you here. It wouldn't make sense, especially since the new regular 3 has a 2.5 4-cylinder MZR engine (same designation as the 2.3) available now. Just make a DISI/Turbo version of that...What would make sense is to give it an AWD power-train at least as an option too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That will probably be the most likely case but no-AWD, please. They did just fine with the 263HP FWD Gen1, I trust them to do just fine with a probably-285ish HP FWD machine.

        This will definitely be my next car. Hopefully a more aggresive body kit and stance will tone down the smile up front on the regular models.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yuck - i thought the FWD made the MS3 completely undriveable for me. Nothing worse than taking tight turns and that feeling of being tugged around from the front end. Or the torque steer. Of the steering wheel wobbling and car pulling left and right from going over train tracks or bad roads. Or sliding through a turn and the car's trying to put power down on the fronts while also trying to turn - so you have 30% contact to the road and the tires are forced to do two things. No thank you. I'd rather save my money for a car I can enjoy...

        MS3 was THE car that reminded me of how great FWD is. For economy cars.

        Hope they fix the exhaust note! Another major issue the MS3 needs to address...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just wish your only choices for the hatch were not the 2.5 L. with 165HP and the next option is a full 100 HP more. If they put a DISI with a small turbo and around 210 HP I would have to believe it would be a better car to drive around town, have less turbo lag, and better fuel mileage while still being a really fast car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That would work too. The only thing I was thinking that if they used a smaller turbo it would spool up quicker and there would be less lag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i would like them to introduce a boost controller, dial it down for everyday use. you want to go to the track or run it on the street? fine, hit the 'sport' mode (or whatever you want to call it). i would rather have 200ish hp always avail, with the rest a button away, then trying to regulate my right foot more.

        you don't want to be limited to 200ish hp? ok, then don't disengage the sport mode... heck, add an overboost option too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Them using the Volvo T5 engine makes no sense, especially when it's been there for years on the same platform. They had the chance of using it for the first speed but they didn't, because they want to stray away from FoMoCo obviously.
      zapperdude60
      • 6 Years Ago
      you can see some of the furai grille in the lower front fascia
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