Rumors and demands have swirled as of late for Mazdaspeed to make a return in the form of a new Miata, 3, or 6. Sadly, none have come close to happening, but a new report from Australian site CarAdvice.com.au proves that there is at least the possibility for hotter versions of the 3 and 6.
The report stems from a chat the site had with Mazda development engineer, Dave Coleman. During this talk, the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that now sits in the new-generation CX-9 came up. Coleman confirmed that the 250-horsepower four-pot does fit in the engine compartment of both the 3 and the 6. In fact, it’ll fit in any vehicle that the 2.5-liter diesel engine does, as they take up the same amount of real estate.
Now, does this mean that we’re going to soon see Mazdaspeed3 and 6 models running around with at least 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque under their hoods? Coleman definitely hints at the possibility, but breaks our hearts by saying, “It’s up to the product planners to decide what they’re going to put it [the 2.5-liter engine] in.”
Hot SUV lovers are now likely salivating at the thought of the CX-3 with this potent four-pot under its hood. Sadly, the tiny people hauler actually shares its platform with the Mazda2, which is a tad too small to shoehorn in the 2.5-liter without major modifications—the belts rub on the frame rails.
We’ll continue monitoring this developing story and bring you updates as they become available, so keep it locked here.