Mazda has today unveiled the third in its series of extreme cars, a modified version of the high-performance Mazda3 Mazda Performance Series (MPS), at the 2007 Sydney Motorshow. Based on the top-selling Sports Pack luxury specification, the Mazda3 MPS Extreme has received engine, suspension and exhaust upgrades that improve the performance of the worldâ€™s quickest hot-hatch by about twenty per cent.
Modified by Mazda Australia Motorsport Manager, Allan Horsley, this extreme makeover involves a recalculation to the carâ€™s Powertrain Control Module (PCM), allowing its standard 2.3-litre DISI turbo engine to generate a massive 210kW of power at 5300rpm and 425Nm of torque at 4400rpm. Other modifications to the Mazda3 MPS include a free-flowing two-inch exhaust system and a sports muffler that will give this extreme car a suitability throaty exhaust note.
The carâ€™s suspension system has been redesigned by one of Australiaâ€™s best suspension tuners, Murray Coote, and it now sits 25mm lower than the standard model, giving the car a more aggressive, sporty stance. Coote, whose suspension systems sit beneath some of Australiaâ€™s leading rally and racing cars, configured a suspension package that maintains the sharply responsive handling of the Mazda3 MPS while complementing its new found power boost.The luxury hatchâ€™s standard 18-inch alloy wheels have been upsized to 19-inch BBS Motorsport wheels with Dunlop Sports (225/35ZR19) complete with a MPS monogram on the wheel centerpiece.
Cosmetically, its aggressive extreme look is created by a True Red body colour with black stripes, mimicking the white stripes seen on Mazdaâ€™s Targa racing cars, and a black roof and rear spoiler. Other alternations include extended black wheel arches to accommodate its larger wheels and tinted windows.
Inside the Mazda3 MPS Extremeâ€™s Sports Pack brings black leather trim is accentuated by exclusive red leather trimming. The red theme continues with red highlights in the dash, gear-shift knob and steering wheel and doors trimmings.
The carâ€™s stopping power is generated through the state-of-art braking system found on the standard Mazda3 MPS. Its front disc brakes are 320mm in diameter and are ventilated, while the rear brakes are 280mm in diameter. An 8-9 inch tandem booster, along with a larger master cylinder, four-channel ABS, electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic brake assist all contribute to the Mazda3 MPS Extremeâ€™s effective braking performance.
Other safety features on the Mazda3 MPS Extreme include six airbags (dual front, front side and head protecting curtain airbags), a collapsible brake pedal and front and rear passenger seatbelt reminders as well as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with a Traction Control System (TCS).
â€śCreating an extreme version of our signature hot-hatch really is a case of making a great car even greater,â€ť says Horsley, the brains behind Mazda Australiaâ€™s formidable RX-7 SP and MX-5 SP variants. â€śAs proof of the standard carâ€™s abilities it finished a stunning tenth outright at this yearâ€™s Targa Tasmania rally and first in the eventâ€™s Showroom category, needless to say the Mazda3 MPS Extreme lifts the performance bar on an already outstanding vehicle.â€ť
Other extreme vehicles produced by Mazda Australia include a turbo-charged version of Mazdaâ€™s signature sports car, RX-8, in 2004 and a rally-ready Mazda2 in 2005.
â€śMazda Australia, under the direction of Allan Horsley, has an excellent reputation of pushing the envelope in the design and modification of high-performance cars,â€ť says Mazda Australiaâ€™s managing director Doug Dickson. â€śTo build an extreme version of our signature hot-hatch is very fitting as it builds on the companyâ€™s racing heritage as well as celebrating the sales success of the current car.â€ť
Also making its Australian premiere today was the next example of Mazdaâ€™s second generation Zoom-Zoom product, the all-new Mazda6, while the companyâ€™s first seven-seat crossover CX-9 made its first Sydney motor show appearance.
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Source: Mazda Press Release