2018 MazdaSpeed3 Specs, Price

If the latest rumors are true, the 2018 MazdaSpeed3 is on its way to enter the production stage. Introduced back in 2007, this model was seen as basically the Mazda 3 on steroids. However, despite its success and popularity, we haven’t seen the MazdaSpeed3 since 2013. Fortunately for Mazda fans and speed junkies, it seems that the Japanese giant has finally decided to make a comeback with its speedy hatchback.

The upcoming model will be built on the latest platform the Mazda3 uses. Of course, this platform will be slightly modified in order to accommodate the new engine and offer better handling and performance. Once released, this model will compete with the Ford Focus ST and the VW GTI.

2018 MazdaSpeed3 front

2018 MazdaSpeed3 – Aggressive and Sporty

Outside, the 2018 MazdaSpeed3 looks like a beefed-up Mazda3. While it does carry the model’s visual identity, it incorporates a good number of updates. These updates will serve the singular purpose of making the upcoming car as aggressive and sporty as possible. Thanks to these additions, the MazdaSpeed3 will be easily distinguished from its closest siblings. In the front, it will sport a larger metallic-black grille, a sleeker fog lights frame, and a lowered air dam.

The car’s hood will have a more swept look and it will house an intercooler scoop, so as to enhance charge air cooling. Also, we should see redesigned front fenders, which will nicely complement wider tires. On the sides, there will be lightweight, 18-inch aluminum wheels and sculpted side skirts. These, combined with a lower stance, will give the upcoming model a much more menacing and aggressive look. In the back, there will most likely be a roof-mounted rear wing and large dual exhaust tips.

Interior Styling and Tech

When it comes to the interior of the 2018 MazdaSpeed3, the Japanese automaker is still hesitant to share detailed information. But, according to some recent rumors, the 2018 edition will probably have the same interior design as the 2013 edition. Of course, we should expect the latest tech systems and gadgets, as well as some minor updates here and there.

The car’s cabin will probably feature a traditional black/red color combination. Trim fabric and seats will feature an organic red design, whereas the rest of the cabin will be dominated by black color. There will also be red stitching on the door trim, the steering wheel, and the shift lever boot. Tech-wise, there is most likely going to be a multi-information display, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a premium sound system, and plenty of safety measures.

2018 MazdaSpeed3 interior

2018 MazdaSpeed3 – Engine Specs and Performance

The engine powering the 2018 MazdaSpeed3 is also being kept in secret, just like its interior. Thankfully, we do have some information that points out to a particular engine variant.

The engine in question is the newest 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder SKYACTIV engine. This one is reportedly capable of delivering almost 184 hp. Rumors also claim that the engine will come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition, there will be an AWD drivetrain as well, which will surely enhance the car’s stability and handling.

2018 MazdaSpeed3 rear

Launch Date and Cost of the 2018 MazdaSpeed3

Those eagerly waiting for the newest sporty coupe from Mazda will have to wait until early-to-mid 2018. Price-wise, this model is not expected to exceed $30.000.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *