2010 Mazdaspeed 3
2.3L Turbo charged 4 cylinder 263 HP with 6 Speed Manual Transmission
Velocity Red Metallic with Black Cloth and Leather
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Heading to pick up this Mazdaspeed 3, we were speculating that it would be cool if the car was red, not at all surprised to see a Metallic Red car with the red accents in the cloth and interior paneling. It was a moment of coolness.
If you are a performance aficionado, and walk the talk, this car will win your heart and intellect. Contrary to many modern vehicles that are "seamless" which is excellent in a commuter application, this car is "visceral" which makes the car special.
For some reason the instant you mention Mazdaspeed 3, the immediate response is something relating to torque steer. Yes, the front can get a little twitchy, its a visceral car, but once you understand how you interface with the software of the car, torque steer quickly becomes a non issue.
The styling is aggressively attractive, huge hood scoop, side skirts, rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, 18 inch wheels, it has the ingredients, and communicates the expected performance message. Although there are a lot of Mazda 3's on the road (popular car) this car stands out, and makes a statement.
The interior is well finished, the red pattern on the black cloth works well with a red car. Its a sedan, its a hatchback, its versatile, and very useful when doing family duty. The Navigation screen is on the small side, the entertainment system with the Bose speakers is good, the power driver seat is an appreciated feature. The rear seat is accommodating for adults, with good leg room. We know there is no sunroof... but you get Xenon headlamps.
All the safety features that you expect are present, it even has a limited slip which is novel on a front wheel drive car.
The fuel economy rating is 8.0L Highway and 11.5L City per 100 kms.
Why are you getting a Mazdaspeed 3?
You walk the performance talk, you are keenly aware that performance cars are somewhat high strung, this one is high strung, and visceral. You are looking for a car that will generate some fun, and perhaps get the adrenalin flowing, this one will set your adrenalin in motion. It will do all the mundane duties of a family car while being very good about it.
How does it drive?
If you stay below 4,000 RPM its a composed car, with a slightly hard suspension, exceptional brakes, quick steering with a good feel.
How does it perform?
Once you understand that 1st gear is to get you going, with controlled boost, and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are the true performance gears, with 5th and 6th as the cruiser gears you will have an incredible amount of visceral, adrenalin pumping experiences with the car. In 5th and 6th it has an appreciable amount of torque to pass or accelerate effortlessly.
Mazda's are on rails, with this car being on a special set of rails, on and off ramps are child's play, and you could track car and have immense satisfaction.
This car creates a fascinating performance envelope for the segment, with enough excess power to make the experience memorable especially if you are a true performance aficionado. In addition you must participate to truly explore the performance envelope. If you appreciate "hard edged" performance, and enjoy using the performance capabilites this car is captivating, and endearing.
Is the Mazdaspeed 3 for everyone? No...its a special performance car. That demands constant participation from the driver, always communicating that it can go a little faster.
If you are looking for that special performance car with versatility, and the all important visceral appeal, accompanied by a compelling adrenalin rush, just get a Mazdaspeed 3 and enjoy!
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