This fall, Mazda launches the flagship of its Mazda3 line, the Mazdaspeed3. With its compact, lightweight body and more than 250-horsepower from a 2.3-liter DISI (Direct Injection Spark Ignition) Turbo engine, Mazdaspeed3 will be a high performance front-wheel drive car.

Mazdaspeed3 is the fourth vehicle to carry the Mazdaspeed name in the US, following the 2003 and 2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protegé, 2004 and 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5 and 2006 Mazdaspeed6. This will be the first time that two Mazdaspeed-branded vehicles will be sold in North American dealers at the same time. Mazdaspeed3 is called Mazda3 MPS- Mazda Performance Series - in Europe and Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan.

"Mazdaspeed3 dramatically reinforces the acclaimed dynamics of the original MAZDA3 and deliver s maximum driving pleasure through outstanding engine performance and a superior chassis," said Tatsuo Maeda, Program Manager for development of the MAZDA3 series.

To create this new benchmark, Mazda’s team focused on three requirements:

  • Driving Fun: Formidable performance from the 2.3-liter DISI Turbo engine, along with sharp, responsive handling
  • Ownership Delight: Exterior styling that gives an immediate impression of driving fun, and an interior with a quality feel that exceeds expectations
  • Everyday, User-Friendly Convenience: Balancing driving pleasure with everyday functionality and comfort

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