Geneve ’09: Mazda 3 MPS

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Op het autosalon van Genève stelde Mazda de Mazda 3 MPS voor, de snellere variant van de Mazda 3.

De Mazda 3 MPS onderscheidt zich van een gewone Mazda 3 door een luchtinlaat op de motorkap, nieuwe bumpers, een nieuwe grille en een grote achterspoiler. De bi-xenon koplampen zijn ook nieuw en moeten naast een beter zicht ook zorgen voor een agressievere look. Aan de achterkant vinden we LED-lampen terug

Binnenin is er een nieuwe tachometer (toerenteller) aangebracht, die duidelijk maakt dat het hier om een Mazda 3 MPS gaat, de stoelen zijn wannabe-kuipstoelen, maar geven toch meer comfort in de bochten dan de stoelen van de Mazda 3.

Onder de motorkap ligt een 2.3 liter benzinemotor die een turbo opgeschroefd kreeg. Het totale vermogen komt neer op 260 pk en is beschikbaar bij 5.500 toeren, vanaf 3.000 toeren is er wel al 380 Nm beschikbaar. De topsnelheid bedraagt 250 km/u en de sprint naar 100 km/u vanuit stilstand is na 6,1 seconden voltooid. Van versnelling veranderen gebeurt aan de hand van een manuele zesbak.

Vooraan zit er een Limited Slip Differential (LSD) dat voor een optimale wegligging moet zorgen.Verder is het zo dat Mazda ook aan het chassis gesleuteld heeft om de wagen veiliger en comfortabeler te maken. Alle info over die aanpassingen vind je terug aan de onderkant van dit artikel, na de foto’s.

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

Mazda 3 MPS

New Mazda3 MPS
The New Mazda3 Flagship

We are proud to introduce this new line-up of finely crafted cars that offer the exhilaration of driving pleasure and tangible attributes to excite drivers and once again exceed customer expectations. This is an exciting sports compact car that represents the Mazda brand – the all-new Mazda3.
Within the new line-up, we developed the Mazda3 MPS as the flagship model that pushes design and driving performance to the limit. And the Mazda3 with i-stop assumes its role as the environmental strategy car that embodies “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom”.
The new Mazda3 MPS builds on the popularity and recognition of the model it replaces, evolving the experience to an entirely new level of quality and pleasure with its emotional design and exhilarating performance. The “i-stop” differentiates itself from other recent efforts to deliver an environmental strategy car by implementing Mazda’s own environmental technology to achieve best-in-class fuel economy as it aims to greatly exceed the expectations of our customers.
These two models add extra value to the already strong appeal of the new Mazda3 series line-up. The new Mazda3 series takes a significant step ahead in both the realms of driving performance and environmental technology to lead the way toward a new generation of motoring.

New Mazda3 Program Manager
Yoshiyuki Maeda

At a Glance

Exterior
• Design based on the all-new Mazda3 hatchback, evolved for a sportier, more aggressive appearance
• New bonnet air intake to optimise intercooler efficiency
• Front fender and front bumper designs exclusive to the MPS
• The front grille and lower bumper sections share the same black metallic paint finish
• Cylindrical bi-xenon headlamps with boomerang shaped position lamps and round fog lamps (standard or option depending on market)
• Wedge-shaped, curving character lines on the side panels and side under spoiler for a lower-looking centre of gravity
• New, large floating rear spoiler
• LED tail lamps
• New 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels with the same three-dimensional design theme as the Mazda RX-8 wheels

Interior
• Driver-oriented dashboard design gives a roomy, wrap-around, sporty feel
• New tachometer with red MPS logo
• New LED turbo boost gauge between the driver meters
• Semi-bucket front seats with superior fit
• Seat upholstery in black base colour with a red graphic design and red stitching
• Black interior colour with an organic red graphic design throughout the cabin and red stitching for the steering wheel

Powertrain
• Acclaimed MZR 2.3L DISI* Turbo petrol producing high power of 191 kW/260 PS at 5,500 rpm, and high torque of 380 Nm at 3,000 rpm
• In-cylinder cooling effect from direct injection realizes ca. 10 percent more torque compared to conventional-intake turbo engines
• Top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds
• Reduced fuel consumption of 0.5 litres per 100 km versus outgoing model
• The world’s first single-nanotechnology catalytic converter helps to reduce the amount of precious metals needed
• Advanced boost pressure control suppresses sudden torque peaks for linear torque development
• Left and right drive shafts optimized to minimize torque steer
• Torque-sensing super limited-slip differential (LSD) standard
• Specially-designed, 6-speed manual transmission with wider gear ratio than before
• Triple-cone synchronizers for first, second and third gears and a double-cone synchronizer for fourth gear for optimised gearshift operation
• Low-viscosity transmission fluid reduces shift effort when the engine is cold

Chassis & Safety
• Special reinforcements inside the front cowl member gussets and a large tunnel member for increased body stiffness
• Modified coil spring rates for MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension
• Larger diameter stabilizers with longer mount spans achieve greater roll linearity
• Special dampers with increased damping strength contribute to higher roll stiffness
• Now three highly rigid steering gear mount bushings instead of two used on the previous model for improved response to steering wheel action
• New wider Dunlop 18-inch tyres with improved grip, more rigid sidewalls and damping strength for more direct steering feel and a stronger one-with-the-car feel
• Electro-hydraulic power assisted steering (EHPAS)
• Large diameter 320 mm ventilated front disc brakes and 280 mm rear solid discs, 8+9 inch tandem brake booster and 1-inch large diameter master cylinder for powerful and stable braking
• Newly-introduced electronic brake assist added to four-wheel ABS and DSC as standard equipment

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1 reactie op "Genève ’09: Mazda 3 MPS"

  1. Willem 11-03-2009 om 9:05

    De Mazda 3 blijft zelfs in de MPS versie een voorwielaandrijver;-)

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