Mazda gives the Mazda 3 MPS a significant update at the Geneva auto show, which is good news because it will show up in the U.S. as the Mazdaspeed 3. The update gets revised bodywork employing the Nagare styling Mazda has shown off in various concept cars on the grille.
As the MPS or Mazdaspeed, the front-wheel-drive 3 gets a limited slip-differential standard, giving it excellent handling. Although its engine is too big for rally regulations, we would still like to see this car with all-wheel-drive, pitted against the Subaru STI and Mitsubishi Evo.
The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with direct injection, puts out 260 horsepower at 5,500rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque at 3,000rpm. That kind of power gets it to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The LCD serves as a navigation screen. The small map size is problematic, but the placement in the driver's peripheral vision is good. Of course, there's no guarantee Mazda will offer this navigation option in the U.S.