Alan Cesar Associate Editor
July 11, 2012 8:46 a.m.

A friend of mine flew down from Chicago to buy our turbo Mazda. He's previously owned an MX-3 and an RX-8, but this is his first torquetastic boosted car.

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/project-cars/2008-mazda-mazdaspeed3/passing-keys/

Duke PowerDork
July 11, 2012 10:05 a.m.

You have no idea how much I wanted to buy that car for my autocrossing daughter.

belteshazzar UltraDork
July 11, 2012 10:14 a.m.

keep 'em coming Alan

mndsm PowerDork
July 11, 2012 10:28 a.m.

Great car, excellent choice in parts, just a HORRIBLE color. (seriously. True red is one of the most offensive reds I've ever seen. YMMV). Glad it found a home with another Mazda fan.

pinchvalve UltimaDork
July 11, 2012 12:16 p.m.

I could blame my son for me not being able to purchase this awesome car, but come on. Look at that face!

dculberson Dork
July 11, 2012 12:34 p.m.

Awww, he looks disappointed in you for not buying the car.

mndsm PowerDork
July 11, 2012 12:53 p.m.

Here's my son, in my speed3. You shoulda bought it lol.

JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
July 11, 2012 1:43 p.m.

This is worse than seeing ex-girlfriends get married on Facebook.

jg

mndsm PowerDork
July 11, 2012 2:16 p.m.

Meh, just laugh when you're cruising by the gas station while that beast sucks down premium at 4 bucks a gallon. (filling the car isn't cheap either)

jstein77 Dork
July 11, 2012 2:22 p.m.

I don't know - somehow for me that would be no consolation.

JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
July 11, 2012 2:35 p.m.

It's a bummer, but it's also an occupational hazard. At some point, we have to move on and find the next thing to write about. I'll miss the Volt whenI turn it in and go shopping for a Z4 Coupe.

jg

mndsm PowerDork
July 11, 2012 2:42 p.m.

Yup, them's the breaks. As much as I abhor hybrids, the whole NEVER USE GAS thing intrigues me about the Volt. And contrary to popular opinion, I think it looks kinda cool in a "Back to the Future" sort of way. Granted, the ms3 checks pretty much all the boxes I could ever hope for.... but there's always room for something different.

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