• Feb 4, 2009
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Looking at the Mazda3 MPS, we can't help but think that it knows something we don't. Why else would it have such a smug look on its face? If it's anything like the outgoing model, owners of the Mazdaspeed3 will have the biggest smile of all. So far, we know we'll see Mazda's newest MPS model at the Geneva Motor Show, and it will receive motivation from the same direct injected, turbocharged 2.3-liter four as the outgoing model. Now, thanks to some cut and run editing, we're getting a better idea of what Mazda's sports hatch looks like on the open road. Follow the jump to see 30 seconds of the Mazda3 MPS in perpetual motion. It's a tease to be sure, but it'll have to do for now. Thanks, Rowen!


[Source: OzMPSclub]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sort of a backward step from the existing model. Didn't even 'fix' the interior comfort and width restriction for the driver because of the console. Something semi-positive, at least the degradation in the front end appearance wasn't as drastic as what Acura did. I fail to see how these manufacturers are helping themselves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Torque steer?

      Oh come on. Learn how to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That stupid grin.........

      No, I can't get past that however good the rest of the car might be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny how the people who hate Japanese cars the most can't even spell "Japanese".
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Ligor

        You know - comments like that make me really wonder whether the person posting said comments actually knows how to drive.

        "Hey guys - I'm at the apex of my corner... I'll just STOMP on the throttle to exit. Ya, that'll work"

        If you'd actually driven the current Mazdaspeed3, you'll realize 2 things:
        (1) The traction control limits throttle output based on steering angle. If you've turned the wheel too much AND stomped on the throttle, it'll dial the power down.

        That being said...
        (2) Regardless of whether it's a Mazda or not - yes, FWD cars are traction limited when you stomp on the throttle and you turn the wheel. If you don't "the steering wheel to be pulled out of [your] hands", then maybe you should learn some throttle control. It'll help not only when you drive FWD cars, but RWD cars as well.

        There is likely a reason why Mazda didn't include AWD. Sure it'd probably have much better driving dynamics, but they didn't. I for one would still buy this car despite the FWD or smiley front end, because the CURRENT one (IMO) is really, really good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Ligor

        If Mazda decided to make this car FWD, they had a very good reason for that. We're talking about Mazda here. Last generation of Mazda 3 was available as a 4x4 in Japan. Current Mazda 6 is available is a 4x4 in Japan.


        @ Greg
        Thanx for explaining some basic engineering to Ligor.
        Plus, you can always turn TCS and DSC off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ligor - The whole point of this hot-hatch is it's low-price point and low weight. Adding RWD/AWD will take away both.

        The point of this car is it gives you about 85% of the performance of a STi, for almost $17K (Canadian) less...which is a for most of us. It's also well-built, well-respected, practical (hatch) and just plain fun. No other car for $32K (Canadian) offers that. So, inspite of that smiley face and some torque-steer....I would happily make it my next car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Greg

        My 246hp chipped A4 FWD doesn't pull when I floor it. So it's not 'all FWD' that have torque pull. My Mazda5 however, changes lanes when I floor it.

        As for the 3, hate it. That stupid grin is annoying and sad to see on what was once so an awesome car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        add to that stupid grin the fact that it'll be an overpower FWD
        and I say no thank you

        if I really wanted the steering wheel to be pulled out of my hands
        than maybe i'd consider it, but unless they add AWD or convert
        it to RWD it's just another wanna be Japonese ricer period
      • 5 Years Ago
      After the new Impreza got all those comparisons to the Mazda3, I'm astonished to see the addition of a hoodscoop to the new Mazdaspeed hasn't produced any comments like "looks like a WRX with a stupid grin."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I also can't get over that grin. It looks like they were trying to make it look more agressive, and the pen slipped. And from what we've seen so far, it looks even more like a station wagon than the old mazda3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this looks better than the regular 3, and I'd definitely consider it... even with the grin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like it should be shouting "YAAAAAAAAAY!!" the whole time you drive it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mazda seems to want to punish anyone who buys a car from them by making it as ugly as possible. The "grin on the new mazdas is as bad as anything I've ever seen, including the 2nd gen. Scion XB.

      The Cobalt SS looks better and better with each backward step Mazda and Subaru take.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice. I posted the link to this video over at InsideLine on yesterday in the other post autoblog has about the new MS3. :-) ...or can I say...First! ...to post a link to the video that is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I test drove the last version of the MS3. It was sure a quick car, but I was very disappointed with the shifts, as they were so sloppy and notchy. Plus, I really wish they would release it in a 2 door hatch. Oh well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Slow and sloppy"

        A lot of M/T cars are like that. Not every manufacturer knows how to make a good manual transmission. Honda has the best of all. Flame me if you will, but I stick by it. :P

        That said, I am a very big fan of the Mazdaspeed3. With current incentives and offers it's quite a win for the practicality and performance you are looking at.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I should not have bought my RSX type S. Now every manual transmission feels crappy compaired to it. =(



        • 5 Years Ago
        I mean "sloppy and notchy" lol. It's kind of early in the morning :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just wish they made this in a 4-door sedan.

      I had a Mazda Protege MP3 and loved the look of it.

      This new MS3 is awesome but given the choice I would take a trunk with a nice spoiler over a hatchback.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I currently own a Mazda MP3 and love the looks of it and I love the looks of the current MS3, but the hood scoop and grin turn me off a little from the 2010. I really liked the sleeper look of the current MS3.

        I do prefer the interior of the new MS3 though, I sat in the Mazda 3 at the NAIAS and loved it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow that car looks like a complete Box like a Scion.... or wait maybe that was the video compression. All i saw were some colored squares.... That video was not made for compression.
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