Mazda Is Seriously Considering A New Mazdaspeed 3 Hot Hatch

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The last time the name Mazdaspeed was used, Red Bull Racing was still dominating F1, London had just gotten over the Olympics and you could still buy a hot hatch with less than a million horsepower. Although, it seems that after 6 years, Mazda is considering bringing the name back. And with it, a fast toy.

A few days ago, Autocar reported that a sportier version of the Mazda 3 would make an appearance before 2021. This information was all based on a quote from the Mazda 3 program manager Kota Beppu saying that as a car guy himself, he is pushing for a “hyper” version of the car.

Now, it has been confirmed by Mazda itself that the Mazdaspeed 3 project, which would compete with the likes of the Golf GTI, is very close to getting the greenlight.

The car is reported to use the 2.5-litre turbocharged inline 4 engine that should produce around 250hp with high-quality fuel. Thankfully, it requires no particular work done as it already exists in the CX-9 and CX-5 SUV models as well as the Mazda 6. If you think the Mazdaspeed name is a throwback, just wait until the engines 310 lb-ft of torque predictably starts steering the front wheels.

With the normal Mazda 3 hatchback supporting an AWD drivetrain, the sporty model will surely feature the same in order to keep all the torque in its place. Beppu also said the sporty-3 will be sophisticated and refined meaning the well-known handling quality of the old Mazdaspeed 3 should be drastically improved upon.

Although close to being a reality, the project is yet to be fully put through the motions. The company wants to make sure it is something the car community would be interested in. Yes, that's right. A car manufacturer is actively searching for input. Therefore, make sure to have your say and ensure the Mazdaspeed 3 becomes the newest hot hatch on the block.

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