When the performance offered by the Mazda3 just isn't enough, the sport-tuned 2008 MazdaSpeed3 is ready and waiting to be put through its paces.
Available in Sport and GT trims, this feisty hatchback displays distinctive performance styling touches. A rear spoiler, chrome tailpipe tips and a race-inspired grille feeding extra air to the intercooler hint at what this pocket-rocket has to offer.
The MazdaSpeed3's punch comes from a turbocharged 2.3 liter inline-4, delivering 263 horsepower to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
This powerful, efficient setup can take the MazdaSpeed3 from zero to 60 in under six seconds while still getting as much as 18 miles per gallon city, and 26 highway.
Base price for the 2008 MazdaSpeed3 is $22,340. Plan on spending around $27,000 with full options.
With the fuel economy of a compact and the performance of sports-coupe, the 2008 MazdaSpeed3 delivers the best of both worlds.