Geneva Show: 2010 Mazda3 MPS – MazdaSpeed3 with 260HP, High-Res Photo Gallery

Inheriting the 260-horsepower strong 2.3-litre DISI turbocharged petrol engine of the current model, the new Mazda3 MPS / MazdaSpeed3 made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. On the outside, Mazda’s proposal in the hot hatch segment is distinguished by details such as the WRX-style hood scoop, the larger roof wing, new 18-inch alloy wheels and the restyled bumpers.

2010 Mazda3 MPS - MazdaSpeed3  Inside, Mazda attempted to give the car a sportier feeling with semi-bucket seats and a tachometer that features a red MPS logo and a needle that travels through 260 degrees as opposed to the 190-degree rotation on other new Mazda3 models. The instrument cluster for the all-new MPS also includes an LED turbo boost gauge positioned between the meters. The MPS also gets red stitching on the steering wheel, seats, door trim, shift lever boot, and centre armrest.

Under the skin, the MPS is powered by a refined version of the current model’s 2.3-liter turbocharged engine producing the same 260HP at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 380 Nm at 3,000 rpm. The engine is matted to a six-speed manual gearbox that delivers power to the front wheels. The new MPS features a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and acceleration of 0-100 km/h (62mph) in 6.1 seconds.

2010 Mazda3 MPS - MazdaSpeed3  Mazda supports that optimized aerodynamics help reduce fuel consumption from 9.7l/100 km (24.2mpg US) on the previous model to 9.2l/100 km (25.6mpg US) – a 5 percent improvement. Also newly introduced on this engine is the world’s first single-nanotechnology, fast-reacting catalytic converter, which delivers cleaner emissions and Euro5 compliance.

The new Mazda3 MPS also comes with a revised suspension set up, improved steering and larger diameter 320 mm ventilated disc brakes in the front and 280 mm solid discs in the rear. Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) replaces the previous mechanical system, while four-wheel ABS and DSC belong to the car’s standard equipment.

New Mazda3 MPS dimensions and specifications for EU

Model name

Mazda3 MPS

Dimensions

Overall length

mm

4,505

Overall height

mm

1,460

Overall width

mm

1,770

Wheelbase

mm

2,640

Track (front/rear)

mm

1,535 /1,520

Luggage capacity

l

340 (300 with Bose® System)

Drive train

FWD

Engine

MZR 2.3-litre DISI Turbo

Displacement

cc

2,261

Bore x stroke

mm

87.5 x 94.0

Fuel tank capacity

l

60

Max. output

kW/PS

191/260 at 5,500 rpm

Max. torque

Nm

380 at 3,000 rpm

Fuel consumption *

Combined

l/100km

9.2

Urban

l/100km

13.5

Extra urban

l/100km

7.5

CO2 emission (combined)

g\km

217

Emission

Euro Stage V

Exhaust system

single-nanotechnology

Transmission

6-speed manual transmission

Differential

Torque-sensing Limited Slip Differential

Performance

Max. speed

km/h

250

0-100 km/h (EU)

sec

6.1

Steering

Electro-hydraulic power assist system

Turn lock-to-lock

2.7

Min. turning circle

m

11

Suspension, front

MacPherson strut

Suspension, rear

Multi-link

Coil spring rate, front

N/mm

26.8

Coil spring rate, rear

N/mm

29.9

Dampers, front

Twin tube

Dampers, rear

Mono tube

Stabiliser diameter, front

mm

26

Stabiliser diameter, rear

mm

25

Front brake type, diameter

mm

Ventilated discs, 320

Rear brake type, diameter

mm

Solid discs, 280

Brake booster

8″ + 9″ tandem booster & large 1″ diameter master cylinder

Tyres, wheels

Dunlop 225/40 R18, 18 x 7.5J

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