2014 Mazdaspeed 3 to Lose Turbocharger?

The 2014 Mazda 3 has been making headlines this week, but there has been no word yet on the reappearance of a Mazdaspeed version, until now. According to a new report from Auto Express, an unnamed Mazda official has hinted that the newest Mazda 3 MPS (the European equivalent to the MazdaSpeed 3) will return, but possibly with a naturally-aspirated engine rather than the turbocharged four-cylinder found in the previous two generations of Mazda’s hot hatch.

The Mazda engineer reportedly told AE that the 3’s 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine, which makes 155 hp in conventional guise, could be tuned to 200hp and a 7000-rpm redline. If this report is true, the 2014 Mazdaspeed 3 would join the 2013 Honda Civic Si as one of the only naturally aspirated players in the American hot hatch segment. Although the Civic is powered by a high-revving 2.4-liter four-cylinder, the sport compact class is currently dominated by turbocharged four-cylinder engines, including the 2.0-liter in the 2013 Ford Focus ST, the 2.0-liter in the 2013 Volkswagen GTI, the 2.5-liter in the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX, the 1.6-liter in the 2013 Mini Cooper S, the 2.0-liter in the 2014 Kia Forte5, and the 1.6-liter in the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

The European hot hatch segment has likewise moved away from naturally-aspirated engines due to more stringent emissions regulations, but Mazda’s Skyactiv system could mean that the new high-performance version of the 3 could achieve good fuel economy without a smaller-displacement, turbocharged engine.

The 2014 Mazdaspeed 3’s presumed 200 hp would not only put it at the bottom of its class with the Honda Civic Si’s 201 hp, but it would also be only slightly higher the conventional 3 and its 184-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. However, we were duly impressed by the 2014 Mazda 3’s sporty driving dynamics and fluid handling on our first drive; if this fun-to-drive nature carries over to the Mazdaspeed version, the power decrease may not affect the 2014 Mazdaspeed 3’s reputation as one of our favorite hot hatches. The 2013 Mazdaspeed 3 is powered by a turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder producing 263 hp, trailing only the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX’s 265 hp among the competition.

Stay tuned over the next few months for an official word from Mazda on the new 2014 Mazdaspeed 3.

Source: Auto Express

If Mazda choose to go that way, they will just kill the Mazdaspeed3. Why would anyone buy that car over any other? Just for good handling? There are plenty of cars out there that already have good handling. And most "ordinary" new cars are now going toward the 170-200 HP bracket anyway. I'm currently a very happy owner of a Mazdaspeed3 Gen 1. But unfortunately (or fortunately) I think my next car will be a Subby.
Now that I'm cooling off alittle bit let me say. I love Mazda cars but that love will be OVER if they stay the path of non-turbocharger ms3.an I will not recommend Mazda to family, friends, anybody for that matter...... No matter how it drives, handles it will still be underpoweredTorqueless bitch, An thats the kind of car I WILL NEVER DRIVE!!!!!!!Mazda way to keep me off your car lots!!!!!!!!! Nothing exciting, all underpowered!!!!!!
Close your ears guys its getting ready to get loud!!!!!! ( I'M PISSED OFF!!!HELL TO THE F... NO NO NO!!!!! MAZDASPEED3 = TURBOCHARGED!What the hell is Mazda thinking? (Or lack there of) let's F... The car guy's just like Honda did and offer a torqueless bitch of a car like the civic si. we do not need another care like that on the market.
The rumor of a 2014 MazdaSpeed6 might have something to do with the demise of the MazdaSpeed3, after all you wouldn't want a lesser hatchback eclipsing your hot sedan.  I suspect Mazda could sell a lot of Speed6's would they turbo the 2.5Liter engine with a really good auto and four-wheel drive.  They've got the body for the car.  Now just add a few gobs of horsepower and say 'zoom-zoom'.  I still pine for the 2007 Mazda Speed6...
hp number sells car. it's bragging right.
Here I go again.  Why would they bump the SkyActiv 2.0 up to 200 hp when they could most likely boost the SkyActiv 2.5 to well over 200?  With the Mazdaspeed3 now having 263 hp, does it make any sense to so radically drop 60+ hp?  I think that, if they do what this article says, Mazda should get rid of "speed" in the new model's logo.  Maybe Mazdasluggo would be appropriate.
@ed124c These engines are not meant to be boosted. The compression ratios that they're designed around don't work for turbocharging.I'd be more than fine with a high-revving, 220hp Mazdaspeed 3 as long as they put an equal amount of effort into reducing weight.

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