Hot Mazda3 Debuts in Sydney

What hot hatch do we have here? It's the latest from Mazda, fresh from the Sydney auto show. It's the Mazda3 MPS Extreme, a tweaker version of what we in the states call the Mazdaspeed3. But where the Mazdaspeed produces 263 hp in stock form, this specimen punches the clock with 281 hp and 313 lb-ft of torque from the same 2.3-liter DISI four. That by way of a slight hack of the ECU and sport exhaust. Now, before your heart thumps out of your chest with glee, please note the lesser Mazdaspeed is already a might unwieldy off the line. In fact, finding traction at full-bore is cartoonishly tricky (think Fred Flintstone's feet). Still, once underway, it's a hoot plus one. And considering new running gear from Australian motorsports supplier Coote, fitted to keep matters groundward, this version's likely a few notches upward. How long is that Quantas flight again? [via Motor Authority]