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[quote author=bani link=topic=63380.msg1512249#msg1512249 date=1182684460]
updated: GoAuto - Car review | Mazda Mazda3 MPS 5-dr hatch 01/20/07
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This sums it up... 8)

But with 190kW at 5500rpm, 380Nm from 3000rpm, a claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.1 seconds and, most notably, an 80-120km/h time in third gear of just 3.5 seconds, the 3 MPS is certainly capable of embarrassing some seriously fast cars. Given the same task, would you believe an Audi RS4 needs 3.4 seconds and even a Porsche 911 takes 3.6 seconds? And did we mention the 3 MPS takes the crown of the quickest Mazda in the range – 6 MPS and RX-8 included.
 

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http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=121942

It's hard not to be somewhat disappointed by the Impreza WRX. It's a good car, but it's wrapped in lackluster sheet metal and doesn't have the edge it needs to be a consistently entertaining driving companion. Here's hoping the WRX STI that's coming sharpens this car into something spectacular.

Last year the Mazdaspeed 3 rose to be crowned the king of the sport compacts. Its spot on the throne is safe for now.
 

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Yeah the new Cobalt is no joke. I took one out for a test drive at some GM promotional event. It doesn't FEEL as fast as the ms3, but objectively, it has proven itself to be quicker and it definitely handles extremely well. Talk about a complete 180 from the original supercharged SS...
 
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