230 HP Mazda 3 Coming for the GTI?

Although not explicitly a performance version, the much-anticipated Mazda 3 turbo will give the new Mazda 3 a welcome boot in the root when it comes to performance. And thanks to a video uploaded too soon(?) by Mazda Mexico, we now have some specs on the compact hatch.

The headline, of course, is that the 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo will be making a satisfactory 227 hp and an impressive 310 lb-ft of torque. The Mk8 GTI will make 14 more hp (241), but 37 fewer lb-ft of torque.

The video makes no mention of a manual model, but the standard 3 is offered with a standard transmission, so a manual turbo doesn’t seem impossible.

It will also come with 18-inch aluminum wheels, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and fine leather seats. The Mk8 GTI is supposed to be a tech showpiece, so the Mazda 3 won’t run away with the tech, but Mazda is focusing on premium. As a result, the 3 may be more of a competitor for the Golf R, when it comes to interior styling.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine what the 3’s price will be at this point since this is a video from a different market. As a car that kind of straddles the line between the GTI and R, though, it’ll be interesting to see if the 3 finds its niche or if it struggles to thread the needle.

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