Official website reveals hot hatch's optional new bodykit
27 February 2007

Mazda has created a dedicated website for the new 3 MPS, and it's inadvertently given us a glimpse of the car's previously unseen new aero kit.

While Mazda's new hot hatch might have more power than any rival – 256bhp and 280lb ft of it –it's about as subtle as they come.

British buyers – and British dealers – have said that the MPS looks too subtle, and they want more sporting details.

Mazda has responded with the Sports Aero Kit, which for £500 on top of the £18,995 price of the standard car adds a bigger rear spoiler, 'sports door mirrors' and lowered Eibach suspension. From this first glimpse, it still looks pretty subtle to us.

A total of 800 cars will be available for UK buyers this year; you can order yours by visiting www.mazda3mpsonlineorder.co.uk.

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Mazda 3 2009-2012

The Mazda 3 hatchback is superbly refined and a more competitive package now previous faults are fixed

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Our Verdict

Mazda 3 2009-2012

The Mazda 3 hatchback is superbly refined and a more competitive package now previous faults are fixed

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