The Mazda MX-3 wis a fower-seat hatchback produced frae September 1991 tae 1998. It wis based on the EC platform. The MX-3 wis marketit as the Mazda MX-3 Precidia in Canadae, the Eunos 30X in Australie, an as the Eunos Presso, Autozam AZ-3 an Mazda AZ-3 in Japan.The MX-3 is quite popular for modification acause o the range o performance ingines which can be transplantit, such as the KL-ZE.
The MX-3 came wi three ingine options: a 1.5 L I4 (ae foond in the Autozam AZ-3), a 1.6 L I4 an a 1.8 L V6. The 1.6 L wis available in twa versions, an 88 hp (66 kW) SOHC/16-valve B6-ME unit which pouered 1992 an 1993 models, or a 106 hp (79 kW) DOHC/16-valve B6-D unit which wis foond in 1994 an later models. The Japanese market DOHC/16-valve B5-ZE produced 115 hp (86 kW) an the maist pouerful DOHC 24-valve V6 K8-DE produced 135 hp (101 kW) an 130 hp in North American models. Aw wur available wi a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission, dependin upon the market.
The V6 MX-3 haed a top speed o approximately 212 km/h (132 mph). The MX-3 GS coud accelerate frae 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 8.4 seconds, an coud travel a quarter mile in 16.4 seconds. Wi a turnin rate o 0.89 g (8.7 m/s²), its handlin capabilities wur ane o the best in its class.
The V6 engine wis impressive for the time, belongin tae the Mazda K-series, which wur uised in a range o Mazda vehicles. These ingines wur designed tae be smooth, vera lang lastin, an hauld a hie torque athort the RPM range. These ingines uised a variable length intake manifold (VLIM), in order tae provide optimal torque uisin intake resonance. Mazda cawed their seestem on the MX-3 the "Variable Resonance Induction System" (VRIS). This ingine haed a 7000 rpm redline, an a 7800 rpm fuel cutaff.
The MX-3 uised Mazda's proprietary Twin-Trapezoidal Link (TTL) for the rear suspension. It passively alloued the rear wheels tae turn slichtly in order tae enhance handlin. It haes been uised on a range o Mazda vehicles, providin a smooth ride, yet deliverin responsive handlin while minimizin body lean.