The Mazda 3 MPS
This is a seriously cool car. It is described as a hot hatch and competes with the likes of the Golf GTi and Focus ST.
MPS is Mazda’s name for its performance cars – standing for Mazda Performance Series. It is also known as Mazdaspeed in Japan.
This generation of Mazda 3 MPS was produced from 2010 until 2013 when the production of the model ended. Sadly, Mazda has not made a new MPS model out of the current generation Mazda 3 even though they have a cracking 2.5L Turbocharged engine in other models.
Get it in white with the powder coated black wheels and tints and you have a pretty sexy and angry looking car. Along with black wing mirrors, bonnet scoop for the turbo, and the body kit makes it very racy and clearly stands out from the standard models.
It is a very fast car being powered by the turbo version of Mazda’s 2.3L engine. The outputs are quite a lot at 190kW of power and 380Nm of torque. These outputs are more than its main competitors, the Golf GTI and the Focus ST.
Once you are in the powerband, the thing really takes off. Being turbo, all the torque is delivered all throughout the rev range and never feels sluggish.
All this power is driven through the front wheels and via a 6-speed manual – the only transmission available. There is almost too much power for the front wheels to handle, so, in first and second gear, the boost is limited to prevent some wheel spin.
There is quite a bit of torque steer under full throttle – a common trait with powerful front wheel drives – and you are constantly fighting the steering wheel to keep it from steering you off the cliff.
As you can see from the back of the car, there are two big exhausts on either side and a large rear wing. You can hear the rumble coming from them along with the engine and it sounds pretty good. Under full throttle, you can hear the intake sound, and the exhaust gasses flowing through the pipes hard. You can also hear the turbo whoosh on lift off.
The fuel tank is rated at 60 litres and has an official economy rating of 9.9L/100km. Drive it hard and you will easily go through over 17L/100km meaning a range of only 350km. Eek!
The stiffened chassis and 225/40 R18 tyres provide a lot of grip and you can really go flying around the corners and have a heap of fun.
For a lot of people, the interior lets it down a bit and looks fairly basic and boring, however, it has all the functionality you could want including Bluetooth and iPod integration.
With a powerful car, you have to have a powerful audio system for the bangers. The MPS definitely has that. It includes a 242W Bose system with 10 speakers including a subwoofer.
For those interested, in between the gauge cluster, there is a turbo boost gauge.
There is keyless entry and push button start. Cruise control, rain sensing wipers, and auto lights to name just a few features.
Finally, the big sport seats hug you closely and hold you in place as you go around the corners at full tilt. They are also very comfortable.
Overall, you are bound to like this car. If you have any questions or comments, please post them below and share!