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    #11
    unbelievable! the Mazda MP3 bested the BMW M3 in the subjective slalom, skidpad, confidence factor, and other things... and was just 2 points away from the M3 in the grand total :shock:

    an econocar running the slalom at the same pace as a Porsche 911 turbo???

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    #12
    My sentiments exactly, mbt! Pretty good for a front-wheel driver (limited-slip diff notwithstanding), eh!

    I read somewhere that a limited edition MazdaSport MP3 is coming out with a Garett turbocharger to give the car a little more "oomph".

    How exciting would that be?

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    #13
    ...um, torque steer? :mrgreen:

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    #14
    It's not exactly going to be a Viggen! The limited slip diff should help keep torque steer in check.

    If you've ever driven the previous gen Nissan Sentra SE-R, I bet it'll be just like that. Wonderful car, very quick - for a front driver!

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    #15
    interesting comparo!!! I wonder how the new Mazda3 fares...

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    #16
    US Spec cars are a bit different from say Asian released cars. First, upholstery materials are different, US spec cars have catalytic converters, abs, multiple airbags, larger engines. I would assume, they use different brand of shocks, brake pads, etc.

    So - i would say, the test result is NOT universal.

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    #17
    Quote Originally Posted by mbt
    unbelievable! the Mazda MP3 bested the BMW M3 in the subjective slalom, skidpad, confidence factor, and other things... and was just 2 points away from the M3 in the grand total :shock:

    an econocar running the slalom at the same pace as a Porsche 911 turbo???
    Galing din kasi ng chasis ng Mazda!!!

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