With the Geneva Motor Show just hours away, Mazda has released additional details about their new 2010 Mazda3 MPS. The front-wheel drive model adopts the Mazda3's latest design language and is motivated by an upgraded version of the company's MZR 2.3-liter DISI turbo petrol engine.
Among the major styling changes is the addition of a new hood mounted air intake for the intercooler, MPS exclusive front fender and bumper designs, bi-xenon headlamps and sporty black exterior trim accents. Other styling elements include a large rear spoiler, clear LED taillights, and exclusive 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels which feature a design similar to that used on the Mazda RX-8.
Inside, the new model adopts a far more premium appearance compared to the previous generation. Changes to the cabin include a new LED turbo boost gauge, exclusive black and red upholstery, and red stitching applied to the steering wheel, seats, door trim, shift lever boot, and center armrest.
Power comes from Mazda's four-cylinder MZR 2.3-liter DISI turbocharged petrol engine which produces 191 kW (260 PS) and 380 Nm of torque. Performance figures for the new model include a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite the added power, fuel economy improves as the new Mazda3 MPS is rated to consume 9.7L/100 km, a 0.5L/100 km improvement over the previous generation.
As expected the new model comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, additional chassis reinforcements for improved body rigidity, a unique sports tuned suspension, electro-hydraulic power assisted steering, and high-performance brakes.