2008 Mazda3 MPS Extreme review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 12 October 2007 , 16:10:10 byAngela

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Mazda3 MPS Extreme

The 2007 Sydney Motor Show hosted the debut of a modified version of the high-performance Mazda3 Performance Series, the Mazda3 MPS Extreme. The upgrades of this beautiful car model focused on the suspension, engine and exhaust. The car is announced to be the world's quickest hot-hatch, powered by the standard 2.3-liter DISI turbo engine that produces an output of 210 kW at 5,300 rpm together with 425 Nm of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. Murray Coote, one of Australia's best suspension tuners, redesigned the car's suspension system, resulting in a car lowered by 25mm as compared to the standard model. Besides the lowering, the car also receives a more aggressive, sporty stance. The suspension package is able to maintain the sharply responsive handling of the Mazda3 MPS, at the same complementing its new found power boost. The wheels have been improved to 19-inch BBS Motorsport wheels with Dunlop Sports complete with a MPS monogram on the wheel centerpiece. The stylish and refined interior is accentuated by exclusive red leather trimming, a theme that beautifully continues with red highlights in the dash, gear-shift knob and steering wheel and doors trimmings. A state-of-art braking system generates the car's stopping power, while the safety features include six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control with a Traction Control System and a collapsible brake pedal and front and rear passenger seatbelt reminders. Horsley, the brains behind Mazda Australia`s formidable RX-7 SP and MX-5 SP variants, commented that creating an extreme version of their signature had been a case of making a great car even greater. Doug Dickson, Mazda Australia's managing director, stated that Mazda Australia had an excellent reputation of pushing the dimensions in the design and modification of high-performance cars, under the direction of Allan Horsley. The car successfully lifts the performance bar on an already outstanding vehicle.