2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test


2010 Mazdaspeed 3: The Track Numbers

October 30, 2009

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Our long-term Mazdaspeed 3 is the third Mazdaspeed 3 we've tested since the car's introduction last August. And other than the little Mazda's "please-ticket-me-now" red paint, it's a brilliant machine which I plan to spend plenty of time driving.

Numbers after the jump...

Vehicle: 2010 Mazdaspeed 3
Date: 10/27/09
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Odometer: 1,000
Price: $25,840

Specifications:
Drive Type: Front-wheel driveTransmission
Type: 6-speed manual
Engine Type: 2.3-liter inline four cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,260/138
Redline (rpm): 6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 263 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 280 @ 3,000
Brake Type (front): Ventilated disc
Brake Type (rear): Disc
Steering System: Rack and pinion
Suspension Type (front) MacPherson strut
Suspension Type (rear) Multi-link
Tire Size (front): 225/40R18 88Y
Tire Size (rear): 225/40R18 88Y
Tire Brand: DunlopTire Model: SP Sport 2050
Tire Type: Summer
Wheel Material (front/rear): Aluminum
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,242

Test Results:0 - 30 (sec): 2.6 (2.6 traction control on)
0 - 45 (sec): 4.3 (4.3 traction control on)
0 - 60 (sec): 6.4 (6.5 traction control on)
0 - 75 (sec): 8.9 (8.9 traction control on)
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 14.3 @ 99.7 (14.4 @ 98.3 traction control on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.0 (6.1 traction control on)
30 - 0 (ft): 28
60 - 0 (ft): 115
Braking Rating: Good
Slalom (mph): 70.5 (67.5 stability control on)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): .89g (.89g with stability control on)
Handling Rating: Very good
Db @ Idle: 40.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 69.
2Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.6

Acceleration Comments: Quickest acceleration yet from a Mazdaspeed 3, but just as difficult to launch as other Mazdaspeed 3s. Wants to bog or boil off the line. Tranny protests when rushed, etc...
Braking Comments: Pads not yet bedded in on this car at time of test. No green fade, but performance not yet maximized. Made five stops with distances increasing each time then let things cool down before recording best run of 115 feet. Needs more thorough break in for maximum performance.

Handling Comments: Skidpad numbers not as good as last MS3 tested. Understeer dominates this car's character in this test. Lowest slalom numbers yet make me wonder if this car received the same attention to alignment specs as previous cars we've tested, which were carefully tuned (for differing priorities). Still, numbers aren't far off.

Joah Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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