2010 Mazda3 MPS: full details revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Mazda introduced its latest 2010 Mazda3 Sedan last year at the LA Auto Show, followed by a Hatchback variant at the Bologna Motor Show on the succeeding month.

There is, however, still another variant of the Mazda3 that is still in development but is set to showcase at this week's Geneva Motor Show. This version is the Mazdaspeed (MPS) model as it was revealed prior to its official introduction to the world although details have not yet been released.

The Mazdaspeed will come with the same MZR 2.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder gasoline powerplant of the current version although it will come with a slightly higher power yield in the neighborhood of 268 hp and 380 Nm of torque.

With these nubers the vehicle can sprint from 0 to100 km/h acceleration in just 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Other details are still in the dark, but there are talks that the Mazdaspeed could come with the RovKnuckle FWD suspension system from the Ford Focus RS since an AWD configuration has been ruled out.

Mazda speed is distinct from the Mazda flock because of its large air vent mounted on the hood for the turbo, extremely large air-intakes integrated in the front bumper, a rear air-diffuser, a large bore twin-exhaust pipes, and a beefy wing at the rear end.

The car will be available for sale in Europe by the second quarter of 2009 and, before the year ends, reach the US also. Mazda will also unveil the Mazda3 with i-stop, a fuel-saving engine stop-start element, at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

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