Mazda Considering Hot Mazda3, Could Use A Turbo Engine

The MazdaSpeed3 disappeared years ago, but a new report suggests a high-performance model could be on the horizon.

According to Autocar, Mazda could green light a hot Mazda3 by 2021.  The company has reportedly disclosed multiple engine options for the model, but it appears the car would likely use the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that powers the CX-5 and Mazda6.

The engine produces up to 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. This would be a significant improvement over the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder which has 186 hp (139 kW / 189 PS) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque.

Little else is known about the model and it remains unclear if the car would be offered with front or all-wheel drive or maybe even both. There’s also no word on transmission options, but a six-speed stick could help to smooth things over with fans who were upset when the option was dropped on the US-spec Mazda6.

Mazda3 program manager Kota Beppu wouldn’t confirm such a model is in the works, but he did tell the publication that he wants one. Beppu went on to say there’s been significant interest in a hot Mazda3 from “most developed countries.”

While the car could have more power than some of its rivals, Beppu said the vehicle would need to be “responsible and friendly… more friendly than a Golf GTI.” This suggests model would offer a balance of comfort and performance, which is in keeping with the brand’s upscale ambitions.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    The return or successor to the Speed3…

    ….just as what we were hoping to come… :3

  • Merc1

    Yes please. 300hp at least or don’t bother. 250hp is not enough.

    M

    • Jason Miller

      For a car that size it’s plenty. Want more – aftermarket.

      • Merc1

        Nah 250hp from Mazda is weak. If you’re going for a revival of the Speed theme, then 250hp doesn’t cut it.

        M

        • PhilMcGraw

          The last Mazdaspeed 3 had 263 hp and 280 lb ft of torque. If they are using the rumored engine it will have an increase of at least 30 lb ft of torque which is what is really important.

          Also, the last Mazdaspeed 3 weighed 3,281 lbs with FWD. The current 3 weighs 3082 lbs in FWD form and 3255 lbs in AWD form.

  • no25

    Bring back the MazdaSpeed!

  • charlotteharry57

    Oh goody. The near-$40K Mazda3, here we come!

  • Rocket

    Sounds great, but considering how the base car is already positioned as a premium offering, you can bet it will be pricey. And still homely, of course.

  • KRogers86

    The Mazda3 desperately needs the turbo 2.5L. The Skyactiv G feels way underpowered!

  • ME

    Most likely it will cost about $33-35K loaded.

  • Paul

    It sounds promising, but at what price? Hey at least they’re doing this, other mfrs. are running away from the segment(hint: Chevy) and what they could have had with a little ingenuity and desire..

  • Tabs Luther

    As an owner of a mazdaspeed3, I feel like this is too little, too late. Hyundai already has them beat at their own game, and by going premium, they’ve priced the speed version out of its own market. Plus, the funnest part about the original was that there was nothing friendly about it.

  • Eduardo Palandi

    280/300hp and rear-biased AWD, please

  • dolsh

    “responsible and friendly” probably means it’ll drive like the current Mazda6 with the same turbo engine. It’s a great car, but just isn’t exciting. I found my N/A 2014 Mazda6 to be a lot more fun to drive.

    Oh…and I guarantee it won’t have a manual, so best not to get hopes up.

  • SteersUright

    Mazda’s are not upscale. They pull off greater entry-luxury appeal than most economy cars, but they will never rival MB, BMW, Audi, or Lexus and I dont know why they are trying to. A hot hatch would very much fit within their brand. Not a warm, comfy, friendly, hatch.

    • Bash

      If they really focus on their old 929 , Eunos, Xedos or what ever they could beat at least Acura easily.

      • SteersUright

        Acura, definitely.
        Without more impressive powertrains, they can’t even rival Cadillac or Infiniti, much less the Germans. Still, Mazda has crept up in price and no longer really offers Luxury at a value price.
        I just don’t see the logic. If they can somehow offer these beautiful interiors and keep the prices low, then the mediocre engines are easy to overlook and still represents compelling value.
        Any higher on price and I think Mazda will find themselves lost amongst some much more seasoned, better funded, and superior luxury competitors

        • Bash

          I didn’t say anything about rival the germans, Cadillac or infinity, I only said Acura.

    • Giziclown

      Mazda has already been rival of luxury brands, where are you in the 90’s wake up Neo.

  • Nordschleife

    Even if they made a Mazdaspeed 3 how many will rush out to buy it? Mazda is changing with the times so if they add the 250hp motor to this then great. But let Mazda focus on its current goals.

    • Leconte Dave

      If it’s awd i will

  • Steve Cohn

    One half of VW Golf sales are the GTI. So if similar sales interest with a faster Mazda 3 then it’s probably a wise decision.

  • Giziclown

    Mazda needs to put powerful engines in its vehicles, otherwise noone believes in thier premium ambitions.

    • yomama

      Premium is more interior based, not super powerful engines.
      They’re a Japanese car company, not a luxury car company either.

  • UndecidedlyT

    Has to match up with the Type R, atleast 300/306, LET’S GO!!!! I’m still driving my 2011 Speed 3, Stock!

    • yomama

      Eh… the torque already makes it pretty close to the type r already.
      I’d prefer something less stiff as the type r suspension wise.

  • yomama

    I was on board til I read the quote “friendlier than the GTI”… what the heck does that mean? It’s not like the GTI is this harsh demonic track beast stock….

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