Pondering the Hood Scoop - 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Pondering the Hood Scoop

September 07, 2010

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So our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 has a very prominent hood scoop but the 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 we tested doesn't. And sure, Editor Ed Hellwig lifted the hood in a previous post but I wanted a closer look.

Peering into the scoop you see what appear to be two vents.

What they look like going in:

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And what they look like going out:

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The two-tiered vent and guide vane more evenly distribute air over the intercooler.

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So why did Mazda decide to go in this direction? Turns out more air means more speed, as explained in our 2010 full test of the car: "By breathing in cooler fresh air and then chilling that air more effectively, the new car makes a bigger bang at high velocities that isn't reflected in the carryover ratings of 263 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm."

And the previous model's more subtle scoop, which was integrated into the hood where the emblem is, just wasn't cutting it. In any case, I appreciate its sportier look and knowing that it's not a poser like, say, that 2009 Challenger.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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