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The 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 is a pre-tuned hot hatch that first appeared in a downloadable car pack for Forza Motorsport 3. Since then, it has appeared in all subsequent main releases of the Forza series with the exception of Forza Horizon.

The Mazdaspeed 3 is a performance model tuned by Mazda's performance division Mazdaspeed. The 2010 model replaces the 2009 model from the first generation, codenamed BK. Being part of the second generation Mazda 3, codenamed BL, the 2010 model adopted Mazda's Nagare design language. Production of the Mazdaspeed 3 lasted until 2013, although it has not been replaced by a newer model.

DescriptionEdit

For 2010, the much-loved Mazdaspeed 3 both changes and stays the same. What’s different is the revised sheetmetal that brings a distinctive trapezoidal grille to the entire Mazda 3 range as part of the new “Nagare” design language—although in the Mazdaspeed version, the 3 gains a large hoodscoop to keep the intercooler cool. As you would expect, the Mazdaspeed 3 comes with stiffer suspension than the normal version, as well as a new torque management system to deal with the twist produced by the 2.3-liter four cylinder that is turbocharged to the tune of 263 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs. of torque. The result is just a hint of torque-steer, although not nearly as much as there would be without the limited slip differential. Thanks to these technologies, the Mazdaspeed 3 is quick off the line, and pulls hard out of corners, almost as if it was equipped with all-wheel drive. It’s not; but for a front-driver with this much power on tap, the results are highly impressive. Also of note is the new boost gauge, an LED indicator vertically sandwiched between the tachometer and speedometer—just the kind of little sporting touch that Mazda is known for.
— Forzamotorsport.net[1] 

CharacteristicsEdit

The 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 reuses the 2.3 litre inline-four turbocharged engine from its predecessor but with the same power and torque figures. The six-speed manual transmission was updated with longer gearing to allow a slightly higher top speed. Although the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 gained 68 lb (31 kg), it features improved handling characteristics due to upgraded suspension components, making it less prone to torque steering than before.[2]

StatisticsEdit

Icon ForzaMotorsport3 Wide Speed 5.5 
Handling 5.0 
Acceleration 4.5 
Launch 5.2 
Handling 4.7 
D 313
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 20,000 CR
Icon DLC Pack DLC: Requires the Summer Velocity Pack
Top Speed: missing data Body Style: Hatchback
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): missing data 120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide Speed 5.4 
Handling 4.8 
Acceleration 6.4 
Launch 6.4 
Braking 4.7 
C 417
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 17,000 CR
Top Speed: 158.4 mph  (254.9 km/h) Body Style: Wagon
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.900 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 14.400 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 129.2 ft (39.4 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 353.6 ft (107.8 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.87 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.83 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide Speed 5.9 
Handling 4.3 
Acceleration 6.9 
Launch 7.1 
Braking 4.2 
C 410
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 24,000 CR
Top Speed: 158.6 mph  (255.2 km/h) Body Family: missing data
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.900 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 14.400 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 106.2 ft (32.4 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 287.2 ft (87.5 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.08 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.04 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide Speed 5.9 
Handling 4.3 
Acceleration 6.9 
Braking 4.0 
 
D 381
Unlock: Purchase from the car dealer 24,000 CR
Top Speed: 158.7 mph  (255.3 km/h) Division: Hot Hatchbacks
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.900 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 14.400 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 106.8 ft (32.6 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 296.7 ft (90.4 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 1.04 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 1.00 g
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide Speed 5.9 
Handling 6.1 
Acceleration 6.9 
Launch 7.0 
Braking 7.1 
B 613
Unlock: Purchase from the Autoshow 24,000 CR
Top Speed: 158.1 mph  (254.4 km/h) Championship: Hot Hatch
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.900 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 14.400 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 139.2 ft (42.4 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 359.5 ft (109.6 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.83 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.85 g
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide Speed 5.9 
Handling 6.0 
Acceleration 6.9 
Launch 6.9 
Braking 6.1 
C 599
Unlock: Purchase from the Autoshow 35,000 CR
Top Speed: 158.3 mph  (254.7 km/h) Championship: Hot Hatch
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 5.900 s 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 14.400 s
Braking 60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 149.4 ft (45.5 m) 100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 385.0 ft (117.3 m)
Lateral G's 60 mph (97 km/h): 0.82 g 120 mph (193 km/h): 0.84 g

ConversionsEdit

Icon Engine Conversion - Engine
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide 1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally
3.7L V6 - VVT
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide 1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally
3.7L V6 - VVT
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide 1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally
6.2L V8
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide 1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally - B 614
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide RWD - C 374
Icon ForzaMotorsport5 Wide RWD - C 412
AWD - C 427
Icon ForzaMotorsport6 Wide RWD - D 378
AWD - C 403
Icon ForzaHorizon2 Wide RWD - B 609
AWD - B 615
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide RWD - C 599
AWD - B 623

Driving CharacteristicsEdit

The 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 features noticeably more power than other front-wheel drive hot hatches, which allows the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds and reach a top speed of 158 mph (254 km/h). The engine provides plenty of pull as evident by a torque rating of 280 ft·lb (380 N·m), although this also affects the car's cornering abilties due to an increased probability of understeer.

TriviaEdit

  • The 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 also appears as a traffic vehicle in Forza Horizon 3.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Forzamotorsport.net description
  2. MotorWeek road test

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