A Mazda engineer may have spilled the beans about the brand’s replacement for its current Mazdaspeed3 hot hatch.
During the recent Mazda3 prototype drive event, AutoExpress asked one of the company’s engineers for details on a possible successor and you might be surprised by the answer. According to the British rag, Mazda will abandon the current MazdaSpeed3′s forced induction setup in favor of tuning its 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine to about 200 hp with a 7,000-rpm redline.
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That’s a 63 hp reduction over the current car’s 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder and might be enough to leave some fans feeling very disappointed. Could this really be true? Would Mazda discard its turbocharged hot hatch? And if they did, how in the heck would hey ever hope to compete with the GTI or Focus ST?
The SkyActiv platform could make for a lighter and more rigid car than the current Mazdaspeed3, but those weight savings would need to be significant to make up for the lost output. The car would also be without low end torque from the 2013 model enjoys from its turbocharger.
A Mazda spokesman was unavailable to comment at the time this article was written. AutoGuide will update once a response is issued.
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