Mazda has just unveiled a stylish new generation of its popular Mazda 3 hatchback and sedan
but hasn’t made mention of a high-performance Mazdaspeed version just yet.
The former Mazdaspeed 3 is a favorite at Motor Authority because of its strong performance and low pricing, and a new version based on the redesigned 2014 Mazda 3 would surely be a hit, especially given the popularity of the likes of the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI.
While Mazda has neither promised nor denied a new Mazdaspeed 3, a report out of the U.K. claims the car is in the works.
Citing a senior engineer at Mazda, Auto Express
reports that work is underway on a new, naturally aspirated Mazdaspeed 3. Apparently Mazda’s Skyactiv technology will allow engineers to draw upwards of 200 horsepower from the Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine already announced for the 2014 Mazda 3.
In the regular model, the engine is tuned to deliver 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque but Mazda will be able to extra more power by raising the rev limit. At 7,000 rpm, the engine is said to be capable of delivering 200 horsepower.
Of course, higher revs mean higher fuel consumption but the engineer explained that efficiency gains from improved combustion will help mitigate the increase in fuel consumption brought about by higher revs.
Right now you’re probably thinking that 200 horsepower is well down on the 263 horses of the former Mazdaspeed 3. This is because Mazda will be focusing on agility and handling as well as the high-rev nature to help differentiate the car from its rivals, all of which have adopted the forced induction route.
Note, a Mazdaspeed 6 based on the latest Mazda 6 is said to be under consideration
, along with a new coupe variant.
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