Mazda introduced a revamped Mazda3 for 2012 and with it came an updated version of the model we’re most interested in, the 2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3.
Priced from $24,795 including destination, a rise of just $300 on the outgoing 2011 model, you get a very well equipped hot hatch packing a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
You’ll note that the new 2012 Volkswagen Golf R only packs 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque and is priced from $33,990, although it comes with all-wheel drive as standard whereas the Mazda only drives the front wheels. The 2012 VW GTI is closer in price to the Mazdaspeed 3, though it's significantly down on power compared to the Mazda.
As mentioned, the 2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 comes quite well equipped and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker Bose stereo (previous an option), a sports-tuned exhaust, uprated brakes and suspension, a limited slip...
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