Why the Mazdaspeed Models are Put on Hold


Mazda is currently focusing its resources on the development of the 2nd generation SkyActiv range of vehicles. Hence, as of now, the company has put on hold its plan to revive the Mazdaspeed models. According to Masahiro Moro, head of Mazda’s North American operations, their R&D department is currently focused on delivering SkyActiv generation 2. Failure to deliver it now means the company will not have any other derivatives. Once they have delivered the SkyActiv generation 2 vehicles, they will focus on improving the performance of Mazdaspeed models.

In an interview given to Motoring, Moro said that the performance of the first 2 generations of Mazdaspeed3 has been poor. The 1st generation of Mazda3 was equipped with a 2.3L Turbo-4 engine. It provided 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet torque. The torque steer it generated was very poor, even after the company limited its torque ratio in lower gears. The second generation saw the company revising the gear ratios and ECU.

Moro made it clear that the next generation of Mazdaspeed models would perform far better than its predecessors. He also acknowledged the fact that it had been the 1st generation of Mazdaspeed models (Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata, Mazdaspeed3, and Mazdaspeed6) that helped to spread Mazda’s fun-to-drive message on a global basis.

As of now, Mazda does not have an exact timeline as to the return of its Mazdaspeed models. The company had actually started working on the 3rd generation Mazdaspeed but then it was put on hold in favor of the Koeru Concept.

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