Will Mazda Bring Back the Mazdaspeed3?
Since its final production run in 2013, Mazda fans all over have wondered if Mazda will bring back the Mazdaspeed3. This sporty hatchback was a well-loved model that we haven’t seen for a few years now, but that hasn’t stopped drivers from wondering if it will make a comeback in the future. Now, we finally have some info to share on whether or not we will see a Mazdaspeed3 return.
For those unfamiliar with the model, the Mazdaspeed3 was a sporty compact hatchback, similar to the likes of the VW Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST. The latest variant had engine specs of 263 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Despite its popularity with driving enthusiasts, we have some news that may be disappointing. According to a recent report by Motoring, a Mazda executive has stated that the current focus is on producing a second generation of its successful SKYACTIV engineering before looking into any variants or performance models. Currently, however, there is no timeline.
New Mazda Rotary Engine Rumors
Though things maybe don’t look great for a comeback of the Mazdaspeed3, at least not in the immediate future, Mazda may be preparing to fulfill the performance needs of drivers sooner than expected.
Remember that RX-Vision concept we shared with you a while back? Well, it came with a new rotary engine called the SKYACTIV-R. Though engine specs were not made available, we might be seeing a production version sooner than many thought, as reports around the Internet are suggesting that Mazda has filed a patent application for a new rotary engine, on which the exhaust is at the top and intake is at the bottom. The engine also appears to have a turbocharger.
Now, a patent application hardly provides proof or certainty that Mazda will produce a rotary-powered sports car, but it seems to be one more reason for us to remain hopeful. Unfortunately, if you were wondering if Mazda will bring back the Mazdaspeed3, we have no positive rumors to share with you regarding its resurrection, but be sure to stay tuned to the Mazda of Lodi blog for any updates.