It’s been a while since Mazda had anything locally that could remotely claim to resemble a hot hatch. So, we expect that the Mazda3 MPS will attract a fair amount of attention. The MP3 is the second model in the Mazda Performance Series, following the Mazda6 MPS launch last year.
Like the MP6, it uses the MZR 2,3-litre Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo engine producing 190 kW at 5 500 r/min and 380 N.m at 3 000 r/min. Performance: a top speed of 250 km/h, and 0-100 km/h in 6,1 seconds. That should shut up a few of the GTI brigade.
Six-speed manual transmission is standard and fuel economy is quoted at 9,7 litres/100 km. The drivetrain also features a limited slip differential.
The price of R259 990 includes a free advanced driver training course run by Yokohama Driving Dynamics.