Spruced up Mazda3 MPS shown

2012-10-04 10:57

Mazda has revealed updates to its fire-breathing Mazda3 MPS model although the 2.3-litre turbocharged engine will continue as is.

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While the upgrades to the MPS are extensive, changes to the hatchback’s powertrain are slight.


The 2.3-litre MZR Disi Turbo engine continues to channel 190kW/380Nm to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission (now with wider gear ratios) and a limited-slip differential.

The dual exhaust pipes are said to be muted by as much as 10dB at engine speeds beyond 5000rpm. According to Mazda, this is to improve comfort levels of when driving on open roads.

The facelifted Mazda3 MPS is said to retain its “responsive handling and performance” although in a snazzier body. Changes include a new gunmetal finish for the 18” alloy rims, while the wing mirror housings and lower rear bumper trim sport a 'Black Mica' finish.

For enhanced safety, the Mazda3 MPS comes with bi-xenon headlights paired to an adaptive front light system, front fog lamps and rear park distance control and larger 320mm diameter ventilated front disc brakes.

Mazda SA has confirmed the facelifted Mazda3 MPS is on its way to South Africa; it should be here by the end of 2012.

  • marc.rule - 2012-10-04 12:02

    this car WILL be over priced

      adam.wood.146 - 2012-10-04 13:21

      And impossible to get around a corner at speed

  • ronald.ragadza - 2012-10-04 14:21

    Last time I check, Mazda 3MPS came out same time as the Golf GTi 6 and now Mazda is getting a facelift while GTi is releasing a new model. Makes one wonder.

      joseph.july - 2012-10-05 07:11

      Golf 7 GTi looks like a facelift!

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-10-04 18:17

    When are we getting a new Mazda6 MPS?

  • graham.botha.92 - 2012-10-05 11:36

    This is like having two of the exact same pictures next to one another with the caption "Try and spot the differences". So PDC, wider gear ratios, quieter exhaust pipes and different colored wheels + rear apron + mirrors constitute an extensive update? Larger 320mm discs??? How can they be any larger than the 320mm discs that are already fitted to the current car? Is that like a new version of the metric imperial measurement thing? (LOL). The current MPS already has bi-xenon lights and a limited slip diff not to mention the euro and american spec sport3 has Satnav, PDC and Bluetooth connectivity depending on the spec level (since the current car was released world wide). The Canadian version even has daytime running lights as an option - possibly the next substantial update. Don't get me wrong, I love the MPS, the way it looks, the way it drives, warts and all. That's why I voted with my wallet and I do enjoy every moment behind the wheel. But this is actually a bit silly to say the least. The upside to Mazda not knowing what a substantial update is? Current MPS owners won't suffer much worse on trade in when they decide to replace until an all new Mazda 3 is released. Not that trade in values on a MPS is ever a consideration when buying one as it is generally poor.

  • Joberto Kotzé - 2013-03-12 14:20

    For the uninformed... The MPS has always had 320mm brake discs. I have had three MPS's and these comments make me laugh so hard! You guys crack me up.

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