The new, smiling, Mazda3 MPS has gone on sale in Australia. Entry level pricing undercuts the old model by a couple of hundred bucks and starts at $39,960. If you want the fancy pants Luxury model you’ll need to cough up an extra $3,330.
For your money you get a racier looking MPS these days, mainly due that stonking big scoop in the bonnet. Although, apart from that, the rest of the body plays an understated Q-car tune.
The tune from the 2.3 litre turbo four cylinder is common to the previous generation. Well, kind of. The specs on paper are virtually the same—190kW at 5500rpm and 380Nm at 3000Nm—but the Mazda propeller heads have fiddled around with a few bits to make it a smoother drive, with less torque steer. These tweaks have also yielded some ever so marginal improvements to fuel economy (9.9l/100km, reduced by 0.1l) and exhaust emissions (235g/km, reduced by 3g/km). Mazda say the MPS can sprint from rest to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds, and if you’re a motoring journo from WA, you’ll probably be willing give the 250km/h top speed a good nudge, too.
The 3 MPS comes standard with a fair bit of kit, including a six speed manual transmission, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist, six airbags and active front head restraints. There’s also an in built sat-nav system, featuring a 4.1″ screen with maps stored away on SD cards. The unit also ties in with the car’s on board computer and Bluetooth phone prep. Dual-zone climate control and a 3-position memory electric front seat complete the major list of goodies on the inside.
Mazda reckon they’ll sell a bit over 800 MPS models a year, with around 60% of those being the Luxury spec. For their extra cash Mazda obliges Luxury owners with bi-xenon headlights (including Adaptive Front-lighting system), auto dimming rear view mirrors, auto wipers and a 10 speaker Bose stereo. Although, strangley, Luxury owners do lose 32 litres of rear boot space, while gaining an extra 14kg in weight. Presumably this is due to the subwoofer that comes with the Bose stereo.
Like the first generation Mazda3 the new model has been selling extraordinarily well. So, despite the latest Mazda3 MPS lacking some interior refinement next to its German rivals, one can assume Mazda will have no trouble shifting it’s newest and hottest 3 out the door either.
There are plenty of new pics after the jump and if you want to pore over all the marketing guff you can download Mazda’s press doc below:
- New Generation Mazda3 MPS (1.4mb PDF)