The Mazda3 MPS is being marketed in the UK as a single, fully specified and lavishly equipped model.
It has a top speed is 155mph and 0-60mph takes just 6.1 seconds.
Inside there are MPS-branded sports seats with black leather side bolsters and centre sections in black sports cloth. In addition, customers will be able to choose between four exterior paint colours – with mica or metallic finish.
Mazda UK says there is a ‘healthy’ waiting list and anticipates sales of between 700 and 1,000 units in a full year. The arrival of Mazda’s 155 mph ‘super hatch’ will also have a ‘halo’ effect on sales of the Mazda3 range which are expected to reach a total of around 14,000 in 2007.
The company says it’s targeting corporate user-choosers with the Mazda3 MPS.
“The Mazda3 MPS is designed for a global market and annual production of this model in Japan will be more than 10,000 units in 2007,” said Mazda UK managing director Rob Lindley.
“In the UK, the sports hatchback market is both well established and more demanding in terms of styling. For this reason we have developed a Sports Aero kit, which includes a larger rear spoiler, two-spoke sports door mirrors and lowered suspension, to enhance the vehicle’s sporting prowess.
“Priced at £500 fully fitted, the Sports Aero kit will be available in Mazda showrooms from March 2007, and we expect around 70 per cent of Mazda3 MPS buyers will opt for this pack. Over time we expect all Mazda3 MPS models in the UK to feature the Sports Styling Pack as standard.”
A choice of four body colours will be available – two micas (Black and Cosmic Blue), one metallic (Sunlight Silver) and one solid (True Red) – and every model will sport 18-inch diameter, 7-inch wide 10-spoke aluminium alloy wheels as standard.
Mazda3 MPS price list
*Optional Sports Aero kit comprises a larger rear spoiler, two-spoke sports door mirrors and lowered suspension.