No word yet if the hot Mazda3 will be offered with front or all-wheel drive, but the latter seems like the more likely option. “The Mazda 3 is a light vehicle, so if there is too much power and we keep it as front-wheel drive, there is the torque steer phenomenon happening,” said Mazda3 program manager, Kota Beppu. Transmission options are also being kept under wraps.
While the high-performance Mazda3 hasn’t been given the green light yet, insiders insist that it’s simply a “formality.” Beppu is also keen to see it enter production. “I’m a car guy, so I myself want to drive a high performance Mazda 3… I’ll do my best,” he said. Beppu added there is keen interest for a hot Mazda3 in the “most developed countries”, including the US, Japan and Australia.