2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3: Hair Trigger
February 15, 2010
Here's our long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 in its natural environment: the racetrack.
If you're puttering around back and forth each day, it's a chore.
My main beef is the clutch -- it's got a hair trigger. Not as a bad as the previous gen, though.
With that one, the takeup started right on the deck at the very instant of clutch travel. And the friction zone felt binary in operation: either On or Off.
With our 2010, the takeup doesn't start right up against the firewall, but it's still near the bottom of the stroke. And the friction zone feels just a bit longer than the sub-millimeter length of the previous car.
So you still have to pay attention when you're driving the Mazdaspeed 3.
I guess that's the whole point.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer