The Mazda 3 MPS is a compact vehicle manufactured by the Japanese car maker, Mazda Motor Corporation and is part of the Mazda 3 family. It is marketed in various markets under different names, such as the Mazda Speed3. It is designed with greater attention with focus to provide a perfect performing car, which does not compromise on comfort and also safety. Like the parent Mazda 3 brand, the MPS has very aggressive looks, unique and very stylish. It comes in two model variants, with the more plush model taking on refinement and class and embracing high tech features such as Dynamic stability control, Traction Control, ABS, EBD, six airbags, satellite navigation, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, 8-way power seat adjustment, keyless entry and start, 6-disc in-dash MP3 compatible stereo, 18-inch alloys, 225/40 Dunlop rubber, fog lamps and a sports body kit is all standard on both models.
Additional features to expect at a cost on the Luxury model include the adaptive and active bi-xenon headlights, a premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers and a sub-woofer, rain sensing wipers and auto dimming rear view mirror. The two models use the 2.3-litre direct injection four-cylinder turbo engine that has the capacity to deliver 190kW and 380Nm torque outputs and also records a favorable fuel consumption of 9.9L/100km, while the older model records a neat 10L/100km. The Mazda 3 MPS takes on the 100km/hr mark from zero in just 6.1 seconds, which is why it is renowned for being the much more-performance oriented model. It reaches a top speed of 250km/hr which is favorable when compared with most sedans and hatchbacks on the market, also taking on a front wheel drive and also on a six-speed manual transmission layout. The gear shift sits high and close to the driver, and change is smooth and flowing. The MPS embraces an eight-way electric seating arrangement with seat memory providing good adjustability and the multi-function wheel ensures everything at your finger tips. All instrumentation and controls are clear and in perfect view and reach of the driver. The layout is ergonomically smart, adding to the overall comfort of the MPS.
Distinct base features across the two model variants include the 2.3L DISI Turbo engine with in-Line 4 Cylinder & 16 Valve DOHC, Sequential Valve Timing with Limited Slip Differential and the ABS hydraulic brakes and EBA, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and a Traction Control System. The car provides for two second row passengers seating comfortably, while three passengers can be accommodated where there is need. Seats are low slung and window sills are high, giving a fairly enclosed feel to the second row. Two child seat anchor points can be found on the second row seat backs. The MPS comes with modern audio interface; with iPod, MPS and USB connectivity and a ten speaker sound system from Bose which gives exceptional quality sound.
Other notable features on the Mazda 3 MPS include the power steering, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering, McPherson front suspension and multi-link rear suspension; with the interior taking on modern convenience features such as the cargo room lamp, front room lamp with spot lamp, glovebox illumination, ignition key illumination, low fuel warning light, overhead console illumination, panel light control and vanity mirror illumination for the driver & passenger. The aggressive and unique look of the MPS borders around the following parameters; tailpipe fitting, body color bumpers, body color door handles and mirrors, electric adjustable mirrors, exterior mirror side turn lamp, front fog lamps which are bumper integrated, electric retractable side mirrors, rear combination lamps, the LED type. Additional comfort and convenience features include the Cruise control and the dual-zone climate control. The Mazda MPS holds its own when it comes to performance, because this is what it was engineered for. It comes with both appeal and dynamism of a modern brand, built on sound technology and an experienced mastery hand.