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Old 6th March 2009, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The New Mazda3 MPS

Sharing the spotlight on Mazda's stand in Geneva is the next-generation Mazda3 MPS, one of the world's most powerful front-wheel drive compact cars.

05 Mar 2009

The next-generation Mazda3 MPS takes the all-new Mazda3 hatchback as its base and raises it to new levels of driving excitement with an updated MZR 2.3-litre direct-injection spark ignition (DISI) turbo petrol engine, increased bodyshell rigidity and an evolved suspension.

Exterior Design

Front end
A new air intake for the intercooler is introduced to the centre of the all-new Mazda3 MPS bonnet, hinting at the power house underneath. The front fender and front bumper designs are exclusive to the MPS, while subtle intonation added to the surface and character lines give the exterior an expressive and dynamic flair. The front grille and lower bumper sections share the same black metallic paint finish. These are framed by cylindrical bi-xenon headlamps and round fog lamps, to underscore the car's premium character.



Profile and rear end

At the sides, subtle wedge-shaped and curving character lines, along with a side skirt, accentuate the car's sporty, lower centre of gravity. The view from the rear features a large floating rear spoiler (depending on market) that balances the tight look begun by the new front end and adds to the compact's aggressive image. LED tail lamps have an inner lens that adds a sense of greater transparency when the lamps are not illuminated.

One the segment's best for aerodynamic performance

The all-new Mazda3 MPS has an exterior design that continues the current model's top aerodynamic performance. Beginning with the all-new Mazda3 5-door hatchback, which has one of the segment's lowest coefficients of drag; MPS developers added a number of exterior features optimised for aerodynamic efficiency.

These include the larger front and rear bumpers, a large floating rear roof spoiler and front underfloor spoiler. The result is aerodynamic performance that provides stability and easy control when travelling straight, changing lanes, or overtaking other vehicles at high speeds.

The shape of the A-pillars and door mirrors were also designed keeping aerodynamic efficiency in mind, while increased rigidity around the door sashes, delivers improved sealing of the doors to reduce wind noise.

Interior design

Front seat area

The dashboard of the new Mazda3 MPS is designed to give a roomy feeling at the front of the cabin. This is combined with a large centre console and a driver-orientated, wrap-around cockpit with just the right feeling of snugness. Exacting calculations were applied to designing the angle of the centre console towards the driver and in positioning the gearshift lever closer to the driver.

New turbo boost gauge

The hoodless independent blackout speedometer and tachometer express sportiness through their design. The tachometer features a red MPS logo and a needle that travels through 260 degrees as opposed to the 190-degree rotation on other new Mazda3 models. The instrument cluster for the all-new MPS also includes an LED turbo boost gauge positioned between the meters that heightens the car's high-performance feel.

Semi-bucket front seats

The all-new MPS provides semi-bucket front seats for a great fit and exceptional torso and thigh support, a real must in a car that is designed to be driven hard. The front edge of the seat cushions is enlarged to improve the fit under the thighs, and the seatback height is extended to provide greater support. The MPS upholstery features an exclusive black base colour with a red graphic design and red stitching.

Materials and colour

Developers were careful in selecting materials and surface finishes for the interior that will excite the driver and passengers every time they take a seat in the Mazda3 MPS. Black is the keynote colour employed throughout the interior, while the seats and trim fabric have an organic red graphic design. This MPS-exclusive design is distributed throughout, with red stitching on the steering wheel, seats, door trim, shift lever boot, and centre armrest enhancing the sporty character of the cabin.

Engine - high-performance DISI technology

The all-new Mazda3 MPS is powered by Mazda's MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo, a high-power inline 4-cylinder petrol engine. This acclaimed engine has been further refined and continues to deliver a maximum output of 260 hp at 5,500 rpm and generous maximum torque of 380 Nm at 3,000 rpm - the same as the current model. As a result, the new MPS comfortably delivers a top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds.

Pairing direct-injection with a turbocharger allows the engine to achieve performance that is on par with a larger displacement engine. To ensure that the Mazda3 MPS could handle such a powertrain, engineers realised the right balance between lightweight and high rigidity in the bodyshell through the effective use of high-tensile steel sheeting - including 1,480 MPa ultra-high tensile steel.

The latent heat of vaporisation generated by the MZR 2.3L Turbo when atomised fuel is injected directly into a cylinder at pressures of up to 11.5 MPa, reduces the temperature in the combustion chamber (in-cylinder cooling effect) and improves air-fuel mixture charging efficiency.

When compared to turbo engines injecting fuel via regular intake ports, this approach increases torque of the new Mazda3 MPS by up to 10 percent at around 3,000 rpm. This results in a smooth flat torque curve with plenty of power that is easy to control using a single-scroll turbo charger. The intercooler is the same size as on the previous model, but the new air intake mounted on the bonnet delivers a greater volume of cool air that better ensures stable cooling performance.

Six-speed manual transmission

The transmission of the new Mazda3 MPS uses a compact, three-shaft design that keeps the overall length of the gearbox the same as a five-speed manual transmission. It uses a wide gear ratio setting that can fully exploit the wide torque band of the DISI Turbo engine, with a high sixth gear ratio (0.853:1) that contributes to a quieter ride and improved fuel economy when driving at high speed. Each gear ratio is a little higher than on the previous model. Of particular note is the natural feel of the shift between first and second gear as the car picks up speed, as well as the smooth feel of successive shifts while accelerating.

Triple-cone synchronisers for first, second and third gears and a double-cone synchroniser for fourth gear optimise the amount of strength required to make shifts and establish the right balance between a short, responsive stroke and pleasing feel to gearshift operation. In addition, the transmission is lubricated with low-viscosity hydraulic fluid, which greatly reduces the effort required for shifting when the engine and transmission are cold.

New Mazda3 MPS Technical Specifications for EU

(Subject to homologation)

Dimensions
Overall length

mm
4,505
Overall height

mm
1,460
Overall width

mm
1,770
Wheelbase

mm
2,640
Track (front/rear) mm 1,535 /1,520
Luggage capacity

l
340 (300 with Bose System)
Drive train

FWD
Engine

MZR 2.3-litre DISI Turbo
Displacement

cc
2,261
Bore x stroke

mm
87.5 x 94.0
Fuel tank capacity

l
60
Max. output

kW/PS
191/260 at 5,500 rpm
Max. torque

Nm
380 at 3,000 rpm
Fuel consumption *
Combined

l/100km
9.2
Urban

l/100km
13.5
Extra urban

l/100km
7.5
CO2 emission (combined)

g\km
217
Emission

Euro Stage V
Exhaust system

single-nanotechnology
Transmission

6-speed manual transmission
Differential

Torque-sensing Limited Slip Differential
Performance
Max. speed

km/h
250
0-100 km/h (EU)

sec
6.1
Steering

Electro-hydraulic power assist system
Turn lock-to-lock

2.7
Min. turning circle

m
11
Suspension, front

MacPherson strut
Suspension, rear

Multi-link
Coil spring rate, front

N/mm
26.8
Coil spring rate, rear

N/mm
29.9
Dampers, front

Twin tube
Dampers, rear

Mono tube
Stabiliser diameter, front

mm
26
Stabiliser diameter, rear

mm
25
Front brake type, diameter

mm
Ventilated discs, 320
Rear brake type, diameter

mm
Solid discs, 280
Brake booster 8 + 9 tandem booster & large 1 diameter master cylinder
Tyres, wheels Dunlop 225/40 R18, 18 x 7.5J





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The car at the front looks like it is smiling

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wow sweet looking..

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The car at the front looks like it is smiling
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is it me or the front looks like a celica. =/

and it's 6 speed! if its a 3dr... will be just puuurfect.

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Yes yes! It does look like it's smiling.
Fierce look will be better though.

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is it me or the front looks like a celica. =/

and it's 6 speed! if its a 3dr... will be just puuurfect.
agree with u...The hood look like celica hood...

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wow, 6 speeder, any idea how much? dame nice.

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wow, 6 speeder, any idea how much? dame nice.
Prices will start from around 20,000 ...

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Wee wee.. that time i was refering to this!!!~ this one is the hatchback one!~~ nice right? but is a 2.3L one... I rem I read some where else is a smaller CC car...

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no 3drs?
mm.. by the time it reach here maybe around 80-100+k? won't be surprised.. as usual we pay premium for cars.

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no 3drs?
mm.. by the time it reach here maybe around 80-100+k? won't be surprised.. as usual we pay premium for cars.

should be ard that price lor, 2 liter car is ard that, this one is a 2.3 maybe will be higher too

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ashlynncheng going to buy new car ar?

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ashlynncheng going to buy new car ar?
Cannot support car for me for 3 yrs cos going for studies soon so dun have spare cash.. Muz have cert den can find a better pay job den can buy car...

Haiz.. i feel like buying that daihaitse copen so badly but no spare cash to support a car siah

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lol...u keep changing car ar... Buy RX - 8 or EVO 10 like this boy see liao will open mouth wide wide..

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lol...u keep changing car ar... Buy RX - 8 or EVO 10 like this boy see liao will open mouth wide wide..
RX8 n EVO10 the installment is already so high n the insurance also high, petrol also super high, how to afford.. lolx.. High maintainance lei... I'm not printing money one..

i rather find a guy drive all those!

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diesel engine ah? will SG sell this model? looks cool...

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Nice car, anyone know the price?
I think will not be cheap thou.

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diesel engine ah? will SG sell this model? looks cool...
its a petrol engine. diesels redline much lower, won't be at 6.5k rpm.

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RX8 n EVO10 the installment is already so high n the insurance also high, petrol also super high, how to afford.. lolx.. High maintainance lei... I'm not printing money one..

i rather find a guy drive all those!
u photocopy money de...

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Nice car, anyone know the price?
I think will not be cheap thou.
The price stated above..

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its a petrol engine. diesels redline much lower, won't be at 6.5k rpm.
o.. haha nv read properly... anyways it's really cool car... haha i love hatchback car... to me, they look sportier than sedan

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