Mazda3 MPS Gets Some New Shoes

The Mazda3 MPS has been in for a bit of light cosmetic surgery to keep it in touch with the young upstarts who’ve appeared on the scene in the last year.

2012 Mazda3 MPS

2012 Mazda3 MPS gets new some smart new wheels

The biggest change is a set of new 18-inch wheels that are painted in gunmetal grey while some of the exterior trim, such as door mirrors, inner roof spoiler and rear bumper trim are finished in black mica paint. The MPS’s trademark bonnet scoop remains, as do the large rear wing and twin exhausts.

Performance has never been much of an issue for the Mazda3 MPS and while the hot hatch competition may be closer than when it first arrived on the scene there are still few rivals who can eclipse the 260PS (delivered at 5,000rpm) and 380Nm (at 3,000rpm) of its turbocharged 2.3-litre engine. Top speed is 155mph and 0-62mph is dealt with in just 6.1 seconds. A limited slip differential is fitted to help the front wheels handle the stresses while the ventilated front discs are increased in size to 320mm.

Mazda3 MPS Rear

Twin exhausts and large spoiler make MPS easier to spot

Priced at £23,995 the Mazda3 MPS represents pretty good value when you look at the standard specification. Bi-xenon headlights with cornering function, heated part-leather bucket seats, dual-zone climate, sat-nav, 10-speaker surround-sound Bose stereo and Mazda’s own Rear Vehicle Monitorins System that warns of vehicles sneaking into your blind spot from behind. There’s also a choice of four metallic, mica or pearlescent colours – Aluminium Silver, Black Mica, Crystal White Pearlescent and Velocity Red – all included in the basic price.

Mazda3 MPS Interior

Interior stay largely the same but remains well equipped


You may also like:

Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

Share This Post On

Leave a Reply

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Please share this post with your friends!