When will the rumours stop?
One thing’s for sure: everyone has an opinion about the next Mazdaspeed3.
Now, thanks to Holiday Auto in Japan, the rumour seems to be going in reverse: a turbocharged 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G (for gasoline) engine with all-wheel drive:
“They have denied rumours about the turbo officially, but have continued their research,” a Japanese industry source was cited as explaining. “It was said that the turbo and Skyactiv with a high compression ratio don’t work well together, but it has been already solved.”
It’s rumoured a turbo setup has been tested developing 316 hp, though a production version would probably produce closer to 296 hp.
Our own sources have told us all-wheel drive is not in the cards, contradicting the latter half of the latest rumour.
Also, during a trip to New York City for NYIAS, I sat down with Shusuke “Kory” Koreeda, Mazda Canada president, for supper with other journalists. During the dinner, Mr. Koreeda asked journalists a number of questions, mostly around the views of Canadians possibly equating diesel power to performance vehicles. Could this be a hint of a performance diesel vehicle to come from Mazda?
Hopefully we will have a better picture of the next Mazdaspeed3 soon, possibly before a rumoured 2016 launch.
[Source: Holiday Auto via CarsGuide Australia]