2015 Mazdaspeed3 Rumored to Drop Turbo

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2015 Mazdaspeed3 Rumored to Drop Turbo

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.

[Source: AutoExpress]

Discuss this story at Mazda3Forums.com

  • Powderhound

    I’Having owned a turbocharged AWD car for seven years, I would look forward to the throttle response and great engine sounds that a naturally-aspirated motor would bring. I will be cross-shopping the Fiesta ST and GTI, both of which of course are turbocharged. I would hope the new MS3 would have a winning combo of excellent handling, Japanese build quality, and interior room.

  • Algo72

    If they drop the Turbo, then it should be called Mazda3 Si or Mazda3 GI, or…well you get the idea.

  • Robin

    I really like the new look and was hoping to get this car. If this rumor of removing the turbo is true, I would have to say I will no longer be interested in this vehicle. I hope this rumor is just a rumor.

  • Dimitri Gatsiopoulos

    Same here. I have 2 Rx-8’s My first I’ve had for 10yrs this Feb. I put a turbo in it and am pushing 300HP to the wheels. The second I got for $2k a few years ago (also a 04) and will stay NA.
    I really love this new styling and wish the 8 made it to this facelift. I will be focusing on making my own replica bumpers for the Turbo 8. I am looking at a Focus ST currently but am still hoping a Speed3 will come around soon.

  • The Enemy

    BS. When has a Mazdaspeed ever not had a turbo?

    I severely doubt Mazda would actually be going in the opposite direction of the entire industry AND their own heritage/history. You can bet the 2.3 turbo is gone, but a 1.8T or a 2.0T is perfectly feasible.

  • Phucko

    That’s great news….for Subaru.

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