2010 Mazda3 MPS in Depth

Boasts 260 PS and 380 Nm of torque

Mazda has released new details about their redesigned Mazda3 MPS (Mazda Performance Series) / Mazdaspeed3.

Based on the new Mazda3 hatchback, the MPS boasts sporty styling which helps it stand out from lesser models. Key design features include a hood-mounted intercooler scoop, unique front and rear bumpers, aggressive side skirts, and 18-inch aluminum wheels outfitted with Dunlop tires. Among the other design touches are bi-xenon headlamps, a metallic black rear valance, LED taillights, and a massive roof-mounted rear spoiler.

Power comes from Mazda's MZR 2.3-liter DISI turbocharged engine with 191 kW (260 PS) and 380 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h comes in 6.1 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Other performance features include a torque-sensing limited-slip differential, a revised six-speed manual transmission with wider gear ratios, and improved drive shafts to minimize torque steer.

The new MPS rides on a significantly reworked chassis which features a firmer suspension with stiffer springs and higher damping rates. Other improvements include a beefier steering rack for improved steering feel, an electronically-controlled brake assist system, and larger stabilizers for reduced body roll.

Inside, the MPS features a special black interior with red accents, aluminum pedals, and a redesigned instrument cluster with a LCD turbo-boost gauge. Other goodies include sport seats, Bluetooth connectivity, an available 10-speaker Bose audio system and a new multi-information display (MID).

Be sure to check out our massive MPS photo gallery, with 141 brand new images.

Source: Mazda
Published Sep 5th, 2009 9:37pm By Michael Gauthier
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The all-new Mazda3 was launched earlier this year with an exciting new design, a stiffer chassis and lively engines that make it one of the world’s sportiest-looking and driving compacts. In fact, it was chosen as the best-looking compact on an AutoBild magazine reader poll of 200,000 Europeans in June. Mazda now expands the Mazda3 line-up with an all-new Mazda Performance Series (MPS) flagship version that is sure to make the hearts of sports car enthusiasts beat faster. It is a unique combination of exhilarating fun and everyday compact car practicality. It inherits an evolved version of the high-performance MZR 2.3-litre DISI petrol from the previous MPS, has a dynamic design based on the new hatchback that’s even more emotional than its predecessor, with a refined driving experience, more comfort, and a long list of new technical features as standard.

The all-new Mazda3 MPS replaces a flagship model that has been a popular sports car around the world since launch in 2006. In just two years, the first-generation Mazda3 MPS quickly made a name for itself by selling 31,100 units globally, a third of them in the USA. Europe is its second-largest market for sales, with one out of every five Mazda3 MPS finding owners here, a total of 6,300 units. The first-generation’s biggest markets in Europe are the UK and Germany, which account for a third of all sales in Europe, followed by Switzerland and Spain.

The new model enters a European C non-premium sports compact segment that grew steadily until 2008, when sales decreased for the first time since 2004 due to the economic downturn at the end of the calendar year. Yet the Mazda3 MPS was very successful between 2007 and 2008, coming from a zero percent market share to take 4.5% of the segment by the end of 2008. This brought new kinds of customers to the brand and helped Mazda solidify its sporty Zoom-Zoom reputation.



At a glance



  • Based on sporty, second-generation Mazda3 hatchback with a more aggressive and sportier look
  • New bonnet with air-intake and two deep character lines for a hot-hatch look and optimised intercooler efficiency
  • Special MPS front fenders and a new specific front and rear bumper design for a more solid and athletic look
  • Front grille and lower bumper section share same black metallic finish
  • Larger front headlamp fascias hold cylindrical bi-xenon headlamps with boomerang shaped position lamps (standard or option, depending on market)
  • Specific MPS round fog lamps
  • Side under-spoilers that lower the car’s visual centre of gravity
  • Aerodynamic designing results in one of the segment’s lowest drag coefficients at 0.32
  • New, larger rear spoiler increases down force, and contributes to lowering lift to 0.03
  • LED tail lamps
  • Privacy glass for the rear windows (standard or option, depending on market)
  • New 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels (18 x 7.55 J) with three-dimensional design similar to the wheels of the sports icon Mazda RX-8
  • Total of four body colours available ranging from racy Velocity Red, to Aluminium Metallic, Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl




  • Driver-oriented cockpit and dashboard for a wrap-around, sporty feel
  • New meters with red MPS logo
  • New LCD turbo-boost gauge between the driver metres
  • New multi-information display (MID) including integrated navigation system (standard or option, depending on market)
  • 10-speaker Bose® premium surround-sound system, with Audiopilot2® noise compensation and Centerpoint® surround system (standard or option depending on market)
  • Hands-free system for Bluetooth®-equipped cell phones and mobile audio players (standard in most markets)
  • Special semi-bucket front sport seats in half leather with superior fit 
  • Special MPS black interior with red graphic design throughout the cabin (on seats, door trim and dashboard) and red stitching on door trim, steering wheel, gearshift lever and sliding centre armrest 




  • One of the world’s most powerful front-wheel drive compact cars with a high-performance MZR 2.3L DISI* Turbo petrol Euro V engine, producing 191 kW/260 PS at 5,500 rpm, and high torque of 380 Nm at 3,000 rpm
  • In-cylinder cooling effect from direct injection realizes ca. 10 percent more torque compared to conventional-intake engines with same displacement
  • Advanced boost pressure control suppresses sudden torque peaks for linear torque development
  • Left and right drive shafts optimized to minimize torque steer
  • Torque-sensing super limited-slip differential (LSD) as standard
  • Top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds
  • Aerodynamic performance, engine calibration, electric hydraulic power-assisted steering, and slightly higher gear ratios keep fuel consumption at a moderate level
  • Sportier engine sound with dual exhaust pipes that are 10 dB quieter than the previous MPS single exhaust at engine speeds over 5,000 rpm
  • The world’s first single-nanotechnology catalytic converter helps reduce the amount of precious metals needed
  • Six-speed manual transmission with slightly wider gear ratios than before
  • Triple-cone synchronizers for first, second and third gears and a double-cone synchronizer for fourth gear for optimised gearshift operation
  • Low-viscosity transmission fluid reduces shift effort when the engine is cold


Chassis and Safety


  • Reworked body and chassis deliver improved control and stability
  • NVH levels some of segment’s best, for improved driving comfort, together with sportier engine sound
  • Special reinforcements inside the front cowl member gussets, a large tunnel member and ca. 17 percent more high-tensile steel deliver a 41 percent improvement in liftgate diagonal displacement and a 15 percent increase in body hysteresis compared to the previous Mazda3 MPS
  • Larger diameter stabilizers with longer mount spans achieve greater roll linearity
  • Modified coil spring rates for MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension
  • Special dampers with increased damping strength contribute to higher roll stiffness
  • Like the all-new Mazda3, the MPS now possesses three highly-rigid steering gear mount bushings, instead of two used on the previous model, which improve response to steering wheel action
  • New exclusive wider Dunlop 18-inch tyres (from 215 to 225) with more rigid sidewalls and damping strength improve grip and give a more direct steering feel
  • New electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering helps to save fuel, especially at high speeds, and offers optimal steering feel
  • Large diameter 320 mm ventilated front disc brakes, 280 mm rear solid discs, 8+9 inch tandem brake booster and 1-inch diameter master cylinder for powerful and stable braking
  • Newly-introduced electronic brake assist added to four-wheel ABS and DSC (all standard)
  • New adaptive front lighting system (AFS) with pivoting bi-xenon lamps that illuminate the curve at night (standard or option, depending on market)
  • New rear-vehicle monitoring system (RVM) that detects if a car is approaching from the left or right rear, or is in the blind spot, and warns the driver before he changes lane (standard or option, depending on market)
  • New emergency stop signal (ESS) that flashes hazard lights to warn following vehicles if the driver suddenly brakes (standard)
  • New tyre-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) as standard or option, depending on market
  • Parking sensor system (standard)

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Comments (22)

booost booost
Still looks ugly.
Sep 7th, 2009 3:37am
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nederina nederina
i suppose renault are the masters of front wheel drive hothatch
Sep 7th, 2009 12:03am
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RockBobRock RockBobRock
The most boring video of a performance car ever!! LOL Actually, I like this Mazda, besides the Peugeot look.
Sep 6th, 2009 10:50pm
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xLumino xLumino
I agree, that the frontdesign shows parallels to current Peugeot-styling. It smiles and it is nice. Not so agressive like the specs let exspect me. I'm interested how efficient the power fit the FWD
Sep 6th, 2009 9:26pm
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Ash Ash
Mazdaspeed 3 At Leguna.. http://www.youtube.com/user/MAZDAEYESONLY#play/uploads/6/N6Frhk3tGdM
Sep 6th, 2009 3:24pm
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Ash Ash
Mazda 3 MPS at the "RING"!! http://www.youtube.com/user/MAZDAEYESONLY#play/uploads/48/KI-XwTtu0_Q http://www.youtube.com/user/MAZDAEYESONLY#play/uploads/47/135SkqaI1eY
Sep 6th, 2009 3:18pm
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Ash Ash
Sep 6th, 2009 3:17pm
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TroyBoy71 TroyBoy71
This car is out here in Australia - and it looks better in the metal!
Sep 6th, 2009 8:02am
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Ash Ash
Agree, the car in the FLESH looks HOT, pics do not do it justice at all..
Sep 6th, 2009 3:30pm
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kimbo kimbo
It's smiling!!! :-) I like it :-)
Sep 6th, 2009 7:46am
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Dolomight 74-86 Dolomight 74-86
Wait a minute didn't the old mazdaspeed 3 have 263 hp? I suppose they detuned it...
Sep 6th, 2009 6:02am
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Floppy Floppy
very nice one - what's the pricing?
Sep 6th, 2009 5:11am
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arash84v arash84v
it looks like a Subaru Impreza from the side,..dont mind tht @ all.the dials look good,..iintertior is nice. BUT IS CANT STAND THE FRONT LOOKS...it hideous. It looks like a Toad....ehhhh,...sorry mazda lovers its just plain ugly from front
Sep 6th, 2009 4:59am
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Kepe Kepe
The "massive MPS photo gallery" only has 26 images in it. Where are the rest? ;o
Sep 6th, 2009 4:02am
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clinton clinton
Hey Kepe, we forgot to press the magic publish button, the rest of the images are now available.
Sep 6th, 2009 4:37am
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Kepe Kepe
Thanks for the speedy update =)
Sep 6th, 2009 5:14am
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nederina nederina
i love mazdas
Sep 6th, 2009 3:24am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Pretty cool car. This car is smiling, and so am I! :)
Sep 6th, 2009 3:08am
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norther norther
why does it have the mouth of a peugeot?
Sep 6th, 2009 2:46am
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Get_real Get_real
Beats me, who would want to copy those hideous noses of all recent Peugeots...
Sep 6th, 2009 4:29am
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otakki otakki
I wonder if it is rear driven. Probably not since it has an improved drive shaft to minimize torque steer.
Sep 6th, 2009 2:45am
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Kepe Kepe
nope. this is what is says in the press release: "One of the world’s most powerful front-wheel drive compact cars with a high-performance MZR 2.3L DISI* Turbo petrol Euro V engine, producing 191 kW/260 PS at 5,500 rpm, and high torque of 380 Nm at 3,000 rpm."
Sep 6th, 2009 4:01am
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