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2010 Mazda3 MPS Is Back And Badder Than Ever

Posted in Auto Show, Cars, Fast Cars, Foreign Cars, Geneva Motor Show, Mazda, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Sports Cars by Suzanne Denbow | March 4th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |


Still one of the greatest performance buys on a budget, the new 2010 Mazda3 MPS turbo wagon made its official debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show today, creeping ominously into WRX territory. Powered by Mazda’s MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo I-4, engine output has been boosted to 256 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and enables the new MPS to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 6.1 seconds. Thanks to the addition of Mazda’s i-stop technology, the 2010 MPS doesn’t sacrifice fuel efficiency for performance, either. Equipped with idle-stop system powered by combustion energy, the new Mazda3 achieves instant restart in 0.35 seconds and saves an estimated 14% in combined fuel consumption.

At first blush, the only significant modifications made to the new Mazda3 appear to be technical, but there are a few cosmetic additions too. Both the front fender and bumper were designed exclusively for the MPS, intended to compliment the larger, more significant air intake and distinctive front grill. Wedge-shaped lines were carved into the side panels and side under spoiler for a lower-looking center of gravity, an allusion further complimented by the “floating” rear spoiler. For the finishing fearsome touch, the Mazda3 MPS received the top of the line performance treatment with a new pair of 18″ aluminum alloy RX-8-inspired wheels.

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