Originally Posted by daniel wiley
i think you would be suprised with the J-spec engine bud.
a friend of mine has one and it was a close call between him and an aston martin. fair enough the mx was tuned and the aston still won but thats pretty damn quick from a tonka toy
now im not having a pop, i used to have a mazda 323F pop up lights and loved it despite having a single cam 16v 1.6.
my girlfriend had a lovely newer shape 323F with the 1.8 16v and I loved it so much that I wanted a 323F 2.0 v6 zxi more than anything.
However bought a fiat bravo HGT 147bhp cheaply and loved it. Its what made me get a fiat coupe
also picked up a low miles mx3 1.8v6 and thought very little of it. handling was good but a bit notchy and the engine was not flexible like the fiat 5pot and torque was poor. Was one of the most disappointing cars i had owned having had mega expectations.
mazda mx3 is over a ton 1145kg and stock 1.8 is about 130 horses,
I think a 2.5 v6 will be interesting though, but still miles off m3 bhp per ton