|2007 - 2009|
|2.3L Turbo I4 (DISI MZR)|
|263 bhp @ 5,500 rpm|
|280 lb·ft @ 3,000 rpm|
|1,621 kg (3,574 lbs)|
|155 mph (250 km/h)|
The Mazdaspeed3 (also known as Mazda3 MPS in Europe) is a high-performance hatchback and marks the highline of the Mazda3 series.
Powered by a 2.3L turbocharged I4 engine, the Mazdaspeed3 is designed to compete with the Volkswagen Golf GTI and other hot hatches.
It was first produced in 2007, with production ending in 2009. A successor model was released in 2010, powered by the same engine, but with a new exterior design.
Need for Speed: CarbonEdit
The Mazdaspeed3 appears in Need for Speed: Carbon as tier 1 car with a price tag of $30,000. Despite being unlocked by default, players cannot choose the Mazdaspeed3 as their starter car.
In comparison with the Mazda RX-8, the Mazdaspeed3 has a better acceleration and less precise steering. Both cars have the same top speed, which is lower compared to tier 1 vehicles from other design classes.
The Mazdaspeed3 must be driven by the player in a bronze tier Pursuit Evasion event of the Challenge Series. It is customised with performance upgrades as well as with visual customisation modifications such as a Black Hearts paint job and a body kit.
Need for Speed: Carbon Own the CityEdit
The Mazdaspeed3 also appears in the handheld release Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City and retains similar stats to its console counterpart. It can be seleced as a starter car with a price tag of $18,000. Its acceleration, handling and top speed are rated 1.
Need for Speed: ProStreetEdit
The Mazdaspeed3 appears in Need for Speed: ProStreet as tier 2 car with a price tag of $24,000. It will be unlocked, once the player has dominated Super Promotion Showdown: Chicago raceday.
The turbocharged 2.3L inline-four engine of the Mazdaspeed3 produces more torque than other Japanese tier 2 cars such as the Mazda RX-7. It allows the car to accelerate faster and achieve a higher top speed than its rivals. However, due to having a front-wheel drive configuration, the Mazdaspeed3 may be prone to understeer in corners.
Need for Speed: UndercoverEdit
The Mazdaspeed3 appears in Need for Speed: Undercover as tier 4 car with a price tag of $52,500. It becomes available in car dealerships once the player reaches Wheelman Level 2.5.
The car's main strength in Need for Speed: Undercover is acceleration. The Mazdaspeed3 is capable of reaching 182 mph (293 km/h), which is an average top speed for a tier 4 car.
Need for Speed: WorldEdit
The Mazdaspeed3 has been available since the first Beta stage of Need for Speed: World as a Tier 1 car.
It is currently purchasable as a Class E starter car with a price tag of 200,000 and 226 overall rating . A Gromlen race tuned parts equipped variant is purchaseable for 1,200. It has an overall rating of 438 and competes in Class C.
Compared to other starter cars, the Mazdaspeed3 is able to reach the highest top speed, which is 131 mph (211 km/h). Like the Toyota Corolla GT-S, the Mazdaspeed3 has a somewhat weaker acceleration than most Class D vehicles. It also has a weak nitrous boost. Long and wide corners can be passed at high speeds. More difficult variations require the player to brake, since the steering is somewhat influenced by understeer.
The Mazdaspeed3's potential is best used in any race track with many straight roads to outperform other Class E cars with its high top speed. The player can upgrade the Mazdaspeed3 with performance parts to sustain its high top speed and improve its acceleration and handling.
So far, the Mazdaspeed3 has the largest amount of special model variants compared to every other Class E car. The Starter Pack included a free Mazdaspeed3, known as "Exclusive", which has an orange and black paint job but no performance upgrades.
The "Pizza Special" and "Anode" variants offer slightly better performance and can be rented for 80. The "Pizza Special" is notable for having a Mr. Bee Pizza Special design theme, whilst the "Anode" is notable for its body kit and several Mazda vinyls.
On September 14th, 2011, a free T-Mobile variant known as "Exclusive" became available to World players. To obtain it, players had to enter the code getconnected in a T-Mobile website. On June 28th, 2011, the T-Mobile trim was removed from the car dealership.
- Some bus stops in the Palmont City rendition of Need for Speed: Carbon are featured with advertisements for the Mazdaspeed3. There are also a few billboards with such.