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Review: 2010 Mazdaspeed3 is sitting on the bubble

Last summer, our man Damon Lavrinc drove the then-brand-new 2010 Mazdaspeed3 around California's legendary Laguna Seca Raceway and then Caramel Valley's world-class back roads. And he loved it. I mention this because we're sure that under similar, near-ideal conditions, I would have been nearly as smitten. But reality has a funny way of tossing monkey wrenches at even the most lovely picnics. To wit: I had the Speed3 in Los Angeles during the recent torrential downpour/tornado warnings, then drove to Phoenix through a monsoon the same day/night that Russo and Steele got their tents blown... Read More

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    VIDEO: First footage of 2010 Mazda3 MPS
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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 ...

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    Geneva Preview: Mazda3 with direct inject and auto stop to debut w/VIDEO
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    The 2010 edition of the Mazda3 lineup will get rounded out at the Geneva Motor Show next month with the debut of the new MazdaSpeed3 and its 2.0L direct injected four cylinder with intelligent auto stop. The MazdaSpeed3 is the turbocharged high performance variant of the lineup. However, the more pedestrian versions are getting some interesting ...

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    Geneva Preview: Mazda3 MPS, Mazda3 i-stop to officially debut
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    Next month at the Geneva Motor Show, we'll finally get a look at the highly-anticipated Mazda3 MPS (that's Mazdaspeed3 in Americanized English for y'all), as well as the new Mazda3 i-stop, which features the automaker's fuel-saving stop/start system. The i-stop system, combined with Mazda's MZR 2.0L DISI four-cylinder, deliver 12-percent better city fuel ...

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    Mazda3 MPS/Mazdaspeed3 rumored to appear at Geneva Motor Show
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    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 ...

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    Spy Shots: Mazdaspeed 3 spotted at the 'Ring
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    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 ...

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    Mazda3 MPS to take on the Targa Tasmania, again
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Targa Tasmania-ready Mazda3 MPS.Mazda is heading Down Under to compete in the Targa Tasmania for its eighth campaign. The team, consisting of Rick Bates and Alister McRae, will be charging through the outback in one specially prepped Mazda3 MPS (or Mazdaspeed3 to those of us in NA). The 2WD Showroom Targa rules ...

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    Noodle vs. Strudel: WebRidesTV pits MS3 against R32
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    Everyone loves a good shootout and it's even better when the two vehicles duking it out are actually attainable. Enter the WebRidesTV crew who setup shop at our new favorite road course, the Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs, to run the Mazdaspeed3 and Volkswagen R32 through their paces to see which vehicle provides the best bang for the buck in the ...

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    In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 Mazdaspeed3
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    click above for high-res images of the 2007 Mazdaspeed3After the second or third hard right-hander, there was a noticeable lack of conversation in the car. Brad, my intrepid photog friend, grew quiet as I caned the Mazdaspeed3 through corner after corner, increasing the pace each time, braking later and laying into the throttle sooner. With the LSD working ...

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    2008 Tokyo Auto Salon: Mazda's three 'Speed-enhanced models
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    Click either image for a gallery of high-res pics.Mazda's presence at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the great aftermarket emporium in the East, will be marked with three Mazdaspeed concepts that should give us an insight into what's in store for the automaker's in-house performance arm.The Atenza/Mazda6 concept we saw last week will be joined by hotted-up Axela ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Mazda3 interpretation gets it all wrong?
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    The blokes over from AutoExpress tapped an artist to photochop the next Mazda3, supposedly utilizing sources within the automaker, and although it looks like an inoffensive evolution of the current model, we're somewhat doubtful that it's an accurate representation of what's to come.Earlier this week, Automotive News sat down with Mazda's design chief, ...

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    SEMA 2007 Spotlight: Making it stick like snot with Hotchkis
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    When it comes to comprehensive suspension tuning, Hotchkis has established itself as a premium player for both domestic and imported performance rides. Their WRX sway bars have proven to be some of the strongest and lightest on the market (not to mention three-way adjustable), and they've constantly been ahead of the curve by offering new products for ...

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    Sydney 2007: Aussie-only 281 HP Mazda3 MPS Extreme
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    Click image for hi-res gallery var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/motorsport/Aussies_get_exclusive_281_horsepower_Mazda3_MPS_Extreme'; 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 ...

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    Mazdaspeed3 aims to beat track record at the 'Ring
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    Click the image above for more high res pics.Mazda's been putting a considerable amount of stock into its newest entrant to the hot hatch segment, the Mazdaspeed3, or, as it's known in Europe, the Mazda3 MPS. With 260 HP and a 280 lb.-ft. of torque being sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual, you'd assume that it would be a torque-steering ...

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    Mazda takes to Targa Tasmania
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    Click the image above for our high-res gallery.Mazda has got full-team coverage of this year's Targa Tasmania, running from April 17 through April 22. The five daylong rally includes a prologue that has already made its way around the Tasmanian village of Georgetown and establishes the order in which the competitors will compete in the coming stages.The ...

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    Mazda3 D Sport adds diesel to hot hatch
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    As much as we love the new Mazdaspeed3 and pray that we might find one in our garage soon, we know that for much of the world this 263-hp mini monster just isn't very practical. The base Mazda3 is a much better option for most, and even the diesel version makes more sense for a lot of customers, Europeans in particular. But knowing that the turbo terror is ...

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    Edmunds' verdict on six sport compacts
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    To be a contender in the sport compact category, there are a few things you must bring to the table. There at least three or four that immediately come to mind; small, sporty, inexpensive and relatively practical. They should also clearly stand out from their more pedestrian versions. Our friends at Edmunds gathered a group of six of the hottest sport ...

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    Need for MAZDASPEED? New EA game to feature hot hatch
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    The new MAZDASPEED3 will be featured in the upcoming Electronic Arts video game Need for Speed Carbon, which will be in stores across North America on November 1. Leading nontraditional marketing company Channel M worked with Mazda and EA, as well as retailers GameStop and EB Games, to create a campaign around the car and the game. Not only will the ...

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    Autoblog Night Watch: Mazdaspeed 3 Wild Child Awesome Adventures Trailer
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    Okay, so the title may be a bit cumbersome, but as you're well aware, the car is anything but. We not going to rehash the stats we've already inundated you with, as the Mazdaspeed3 gets closer to dealer lots ($23k for 263hp and 280 ft./lbs. of torque! Sorry, couldn't help it.) But if the MS3 doesn't strike you as the bang-for-the-buck performance deal of ...

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    Mazda Milestone: 1,000,000 Mazda3s
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    In Japan it's the Axela (above), but we know it as the Mazda3, and this morning, Mazda announced that it's built a million of them. Good-looking and practical, the car is by all accounts, an enormous hit. No Mazda vehicle has reached this milestone faster, and interest in the car remains sky high. The turbocharged Mazdaspeed3, for example, has tongues ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #35
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    On this episode of the Autoblog Podcast we welcome Damon Lavrinc, Autoblog's newest victim, to the mic where he and I attempt and fail to wrap our heads around the 2Q earnings reports from General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler. It isn't pretty, but it is funny to hear us flounder. We also talk about the Tesla Roadster that was recently unveiled in Santa ...

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