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We Hear: Mazda to Reveal Mazdaspeed3 This Year With 300 HP and AWD

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/28/2015 Erick Ayapana
2014 Mazda3 We Hear: Mazda to Reveal Mazdaspeed3 This Year With 300 HP and AWD

The current 2015 Mazda3 (shown in these photos) has received a fair amount of praise. On the flip side, a fair amount of enthusiasts have passed on the 3 in favor of competitors with more power and performance. That could soon change, however, as motoring.com.au reports that Mazda is bringing back the high-performance Mazdaspeed3 as part of the compact’s mid-cycle refresh. An official debut could occur as soon as the 2015 Frankfurt auto show this September.

According to motoring.com.au, the new Mazdaspeed3 will usher in the revival of the Mazda Performance Series, the brand’s go-fast division overseas. The report suggests the powertrain will include a 2.5-liter turbo-four producing around 300 hp and an all-wheel drive system. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

If that’s the case, the new Mazdaspeed3 would trump the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST and instead take on the Golf R, Focus RS, and even the Subaru WRX STI. The hopped-up Mazda would likely be cross-shopped with the upcoming Honda Civic Type-R, as well.

The previous, second-generation Mazdaspeed3 ended production a few years ago. That hot hatch packed a 2.3-liter turbo-four that made 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and sent all that power to the front wheels. Not surprisingly, torque steer was a common complaint. Still, the Mazdaspeed3 proved to be a potent car, running to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds in our previous test.

Additionally, motoring.com.au reports that the MPS division could churn out more performance-oriented models, including modified versions of the MX-5 Miata and the Mazda2. Also in the works is the second-generation CX-9 that could debut by the end of the year, as well as a revived CX-7, which would essentially be a stretched out, seven-passenger version of the CX-5.

Source: motoring.com.au

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