MazdaSpeed 3 Modification Guide

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Within the tuner community, MazdaSpeed 3 has been a staple for many years. The MazdaSpeed 3 is a very good performance car, however, when it comes to tuning, it is a very picky vehicle. So, if the tuning is not done carefully and properly, the results can be very negative.

It is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the MazdaSpeed 3 before modifying it.

MazdaSpeed 3’s strengths include:

  • A turbocharged 2.3L direct-injected high-torque engine – Provides good potential for increased power
  • Good handling potential
  • A big established community – This means a lot of information about the car is available. Also, a number of ECU maps are available as well.

MazdaSpeed 3’s weaknesses include:

  • A factory turbocharger that is weak
  • Weak connecting rods

It is vital to elect the correct brands while installing upgraded parts in the MazdaSpeed 3. Also, keep in mind that, if the sensitive ECU on the MazdaSpeed 3 is not designed properly, it will completely throw off the calibration.

The first step in upgrading the MazdaSpeed 3 should be the ECU flash and the intake. The Cobb MazdaSpeed 3 Intake is of high quality. It is reliable and safe. The second step in adding power to the car is to install a high-performance cat-back exhaust and turbo inlet hose. Increasing the airflow on the intake side calls for reducing the restriction on the exhaust side as well. The next step is to improve the reliability and safety of the engine, by upgrading the spark plugs, boost gauge, and the oil catch can. During all these operations, it is important to monitor the state of the engine in order to make sure that it is operating safely. Once the engine starts producing more torque and power, it is important to make sure that the chassis supports it. The ideal solution is upgraded engine mounts.

 

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Trims and Options for the Mazda Miata

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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a 2-seat roadster. It is offered in 3 trim levels: Club, Sport, and Grand Touring.

The options available for the Club depends on the transmission. The MX-5 Miata with the manual transmission includes an engine sound enhancer, a slip differential (limited), a shock-tower brace, and a suspension that is sport-tuned with Bilstein shock absorbers. Opt for the automatic transmission and you will get none of the above. Standard across all the Club models are 17-inch wheels along with summer performance tires, a 7-inch touchscreen interface with an auxiliary control knob (center console mounted), voice controls, a 9-speaker Bose audio system, interior trim panels (upgraded), red interior stitching, a rear lip spoiler, and a sport front fascia.

The Sport version of the MX-5 Miata comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a 6-speed sound system, audio connectivity and Bluetooth, cruise control, power accessories, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, a driver seat that is height-adjustable, push-button ignition, AC, LED taillights and headlights, and a manually retractable black soft top.

The Grand Touring features a lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert, a navigation system, a safety-oriented package that includes blind-spot monitoring, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather upholstery, a cloth-lined top, automatic wipers, mirror covers that matches with the body-color, auto-dimming mirrors with exterior heating, and headlights with auto beam control. The Grand Touring with the manual transmission features the engine sound enhancer as well.

The automatic transmission is optional, however, it comes bundled with keyless ignition and entry. In manual transmission models, the keyless ignition and entry are available as an option.

The 2016 MX-5 Miata provides only one factory options package. The Brembo/BBS package includes keyless ignition and entry, an aero body kit, Brembo front brakes, and 17-inch forged BBS wheels. This package is offered only on Club models with the manual transmission.

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Technology in the Sporty Miata

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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a very modernized equipment roster. The technology features on this 2-seat roadster vary according to the three trim levels that it offers: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring.

Standard technology features on the MX-5 Miata Sport include a push-button ignition, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth (audio and phone), cruise control, power accessories, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The Club version features a 9-speaker Bose audio system that has dual USB ports, headrest speakers, HD/satellite radio, and Stitcher/Pandora/Aha Internet radio, a 7-inch touchscreen interface (with center console-mounted auxiliary control knob), and voice controls.

The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has adaptive headlights that have automatic beam control, automatic wipers, automatic climate control, exterior heating, a safety-oriented package that features lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, as well as a blind-spot monitor, and a navigation system.

The Brembo/BBS package offered for MX-5 Miata Club (manual transmission) includes keyless ignition and entry.

Some of the other technology features include:

  • Trip computer
  • Electric power steering
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, which is also tilt-adjustable
  • A volume control that is speed sensitive

The touchscreen interface featured in the MX-5 Miata is fairly high-tech. It has crisp color graphics, and its menus are very intuitive. The manual convertible top is very easy to use. With one easy over-the-shoulder motion, you will be able to flip it open without even leaving the seat. Driving the latest MX-5 Miata is very fun, add to that the HD radio and the headrest speakers, and your driving experience reaches the next level. All the technology features in MX-5 Miata provides for a very safe drive as well.

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