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Mazda has unveiled its new generation normally aspirated flagship SP25 variant at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

A new MZR 2.5-litre petrol engine replaces the previous 2.3-litre unit, making an appearance exclusively in the updated SP variant.

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The new engine delivers more performance with an added 7kw and 24Nm over the previous model and a more refined and sportier driver without an increase in fuel consumption.

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It develops maximum power of 122kW at 6000rpm and 227Nm at 6500rpm through either a six-speed manual or optional five-speed Activematic transmission.

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Newly evolved MacPherson strut suspension at the front and multilink at the rear delivers sharper handling dynamics for a more precise drive.

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Standard safety includes Dynamic Stability Control, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist and dual front, side and curtain airbags.

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Inside buyers will find air-conditioning, power windows, remote central locking, CD audio system, integrated satellite navigation system and Bluetooth with MP3 connectivity as standard.

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The new Mazda3 SP25 will go on sale in Australia from April 2009 with local pricing to be announced closer to the release date.






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