The Mazdaspeed 3 is currently one of the most attractive hot hatches available on the market. Made by Mazda’s in-house tuner, it actually represents a high-performance version of the automakers 3 hatchback. Now, the latest rumors suggest that the model is due to receive a couple of substantial upgrades for 2018. Namely, the most important innovation will be a brand new turbocharged engine connected to an all-wheel drive system. The 2018 Mazdaspeed 3 will also benefit from the recent mid-cycle update of the standard Mazda 3. That basically means we can expect a thoroughly improved version of this sports car very soon.
2018 Mazdaspeed 3 hp
Certainly the most interesting aspect of the 2018 Mazdaspeed 3 specs relates to its engine department. As mentioned, the upcoming model will feature an all-new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This advanced SkyActiv unit is said to produce more than 300 horsepower. The same powertrain is already available in the latest CX-9 SUV in which it makes 250 hp. As for the previous version of the Mazdaspeed 3, it came with a 2.3-liter turbo-four that generated 263 hp and 280 lb-ft. Also, the old engine sent its power only to the front wheels. If the rumors turn out to be true, the Mazdaspeed 3 for 2018 MY will boast an all-wheel system. On top of that, it is likely to outperform its predecessor which needed 5.6 seconds to hit 60 mph. We also expect the performance-oriented model to benefit from improved driving dynamics.
The 2018 Mazdaspeed 3 will feature a slightly refreshed exterior styling. The front grille will become more rounded, while the lower front fascia will feature a horizontal theme. Expect also to see larger headlights and restyled fog lights with LED technology. At the back, the new Mazdaspeed 3 will receive only a reshaped bumper. There will be more radical changes inside the cabin, though. Apart from new and improved materials, the updated model will offer a more streamlined center stack. It will also come with a new steering wheel as well as a seven-inch touchscreen display. Of course, the cabin will get Mazdaspeed’s sporty front seats and a number of distinguishing features.
Mazdaspeed 3 Competition
With its new turbo-four engine and enhanced mechanics, the new Mazdaspeed 3 will be a formidable competitor in its class. It will rival the likes of Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R.