MONTEREY, CA – Mazda Motor Corp. engineers were tempted to significantly boost horsepower on the new ’10 Mazdaspeed3, but decided against it due to lessons learned. “We were considering making the car 300 hp and (making) it all-wheel drive, because that’s kind of the natural evolution of any sports car,” says Dave Coleman, product-development engineer, Mazda North America Operations. “But we looked back at our own history and remembered what happened with the RX-7,” he says at a recent ...

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