Mazda has revealed the first official images of the new MazdaSpeed3 (AKA Mazda3 MPS, AKA Mazdaspeed Axela) ahead of its official debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. This is the car that puts extra performance behind the Cheshire Cat grin.

2009 MazdaSpeed3
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The second generation will MazdaSpeed3 use the same 2.3-liter turbo four cylinder engine of the current model. Mazda did not release details on the power figures, but we do know that the engine now meets stringent Euro 5 emissions standards. What we expect from the next generation of the hottest Mazda3 is at least the same 263 hp and front-wheel drive fun. For the rest of the details, we’ll just have to wait for Geneva.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Mazda Motor Corporation will debut two new models of the all-new Mazda3 (known as Mazda Axela in Japan) product range at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show from March 3 through 15, 2009. The world premiere of the Mazda3 with i-stop, Mazda’s advanced fuel-saving start-stop system, will be shared with the all-new Mazda3 MPS, Mazda3’s high performance flagship model. The Mazda3 MPS (Mazdaspeed Axela) now features improved fuel economy and emissions that satisfy Euro Stage 5.

Mazda3 MPS

The Mazda3 MPS sport compact pushes Mazda design further and its exciting driving performance perfectly represents Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom spirit. Carrying forward the MZR 2.3 DISI Turbo engine, Mazda3 MPS builds on the popularity and recognition of the previous model. It evolves the driving experience to an entirely new level of quality and pleasure with its emotional design and exhilarating performance.

The all-new Mazda3 Program Manager, Yoshiyuki Maeda, says, “These two models add extra value to an all-new Mazda3 lineup that has already shown strong appeal. The new Mazda3 series takes a significant step ahead in both the realms of driving performance and environmental technology to lead the way toward a new generation of motoring.”

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  (592) posted on 11.30.2010

Engine Displacement is almost the same 2.5 for Impreza and 2.3 on Mps 3, 265hp on Impreza and 263 on MPS 3, both are hatch and handling are superb. And both can reach the speed of 250+KPH. The only Difference is it’s DriveTrain.

  (534) posted on 03.23.2010

Yes, It was rated as the fastest FF car, but it would be far greater if mazda make it’s engine a High-Rev like the RX-8 or Rx-7 to beat the odds.

  (859) posted on 01.4.2010

rated as the fastest front-wheel sports car available on the market. a great competitor of Lancer Ralliart, R32, VW GTI, and wrx. but i really love it’s body style.

AK47  (1024) posted on 02.13.2009

What about an aftermarket LSD?

AK47  (233) posted on 02.13.2009

yea it had a torque limiter in first and second gear that didn’t work worth on hard launches and there was still torque steer going thru third gear...

thats the only reason i shyed away from this car and stuck with the 240

AK47  (1024) posted on 02.13.2009

No engine will ever have the same horsepower as the previous model. Usually they are tweaked for better mileage and get a few more ponies. A hood scope wll definately help extract the extra horses.

jtm, didn’t the last model have a torque limiter? Or was it useless?

AK47  (233) posted on 02.4.2009

if that hood scoop is functional it will help to cool down the top mount intercooler allowing for more boost which in turn is more hp and torque... but they’re gonna have to do something a little better than what they did last time with that torque steer.

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 02.4.2009

Horsepower is about the same (at least with the current Mazdaspeed3) and they weight about the same. Both are great handlers...the biggest difference is likely front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive.

Myles_Kornblatt  (12) posted on 02.4.2009

does this remind anyone else of the latest subaru impreza?

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