The Mazda Mazdaspeed3 is one of our favorite sport compact cars of all time and one of the most lively and fun-to-drive hot hatches to land on American soil. Winning three Car and Driver 10 Best awards and three Ward’s 10 Best Engines awards for its turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine, the previous-generation car delighted legions of Mazda enthusiasts.
Moving forward to today, the regular Mazda3 has earned its fair share of praise. That being said, it looks like the long wait for the Mazdaspeed3 will continue, with very few details emerging.
But alas, good things come to those who wait, especially with Mazda. Just look at the magic they've worked on the new 2016 Mazda Miata.
The most recent Mazdaspeed3 model which was produced between 2010 - 2013, competed with the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI. That model produced 263 horsepower. So how much power will the new Mazdaspeed3 make? Our expectation is 300-hp. Though not confirmed, the power might come courtesy of a turbocharged 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. In comparison, Ford's latest high-horsepower hatch, the 2016 Ford Focus RS, makes 350 horsepower from its 2.3L EcoBoost engine.
Here's a breakdown of the current and upcoming hot hatchback segment:
|2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3||2.3L Turbo||263-hp||280 lb-ft|
|2016 Ford Focus ST||2.0L Turbo||252-hp||270 lb-ft|
|2016 Ford Focus RS||2.3L Turbo||350-hp||350 lb-ft|
|2016 Volkswagen Golf R||2.0L Turbo||292-hp||280 lb-ft|
|2017 Honda Civic Type-R||2.0L Turbo||306-hp||294 lb-ft|
|2017 Mazda Mazdaspeed3||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Though an official release date has not been announced, we expect the Mazdaspeed3 to go on sale sometime in 2016.
Pictured: 2015 Mazda Mazda3 (Source: Mazda USA)