First presented at the 2006 New York International Auto Show, the car will go on sale in a couple of months. The Japanese carmaker has recently announced that prices for the new 250 hp 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 5-door hatchback will start from as low as $22,800. Compared to the standard 3-series, the sportier version features more rigid body and a retuned suspension that keeps the closer to the road.
For this money you’ll get a six-speed manual gearbox, stability and traction control systems, 18-inch wheels, four-wheel ABS, and more.
That’s for the Sport trim. I still can’t find the new Mazdaspeed3 in the list but let’s believe it is there.
More interesting Mazdaspeed3 Grand Touring has a base price of $24,515 and features automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Xenon HID headlights, LED rear lights, some leather inside the cabin, DVD navigation and a premium sound system from BOSE.
Not bad, not bad at all, although its main competitor, the 2006 Volkswagen Golf GTi starts almost a $1000 lower than the Japanese vehicle offering better mpg (23/32 versus 20/28 in city/highway cicle).