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How fast is the Mazda 3 Turbo? MPS-inspired hot hatch can mix it with VW Golf GTI, Hyundai i30 N and Honda Civic Type R in unofficial customer test

The Mazda 3 Turbo has been put to the customer test.

Mazda might be keeping coy on acceleration times for its new Mazda3 Turbo, but that hasn't stopped customers putting it to the test, with new video showing the hotted-up hatch can clip 60mph as fast or faster than the Honda Civic Type R, Renault Megane R.S. Trophy, VW Golf GTI and Hyundai i30 N.

Now it must be pointed out here that these times are entirely unofficial, but if accurate, they're impressive, with the Mazda3 Turbo seemingly completing the sprint to 60mph (or 96.5km/h) in just 5.7 seconds.

The run to 60mph is the American equivalent of a sprint to 100km/h, but because it's actually slightly less than a true run to the ton, it can't be directly compared with Australian figures. That said, we know that the 2020 Golf GTI will clip 100km/h in 6.2 seconds, while the Hyundai i30 N needs 6.1 seconds to clip 100km/h, putting the Mazda in the mix.

It means that, while Mazda isn't billing it as a hot hatch, the Mazda3 Turbo certainly performs like one, at least on this test. The customer who performed the sprint reportedly selected Sport, left the gearbox in full automatic mode and deactivated traction control.

The AWD Mazda3 Turbo uses tweaked version of the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that appears in the Mazda6, CX-5, and CX-9, with power outputs scaled up to a Golf GTI-beating 186kW/434Nm.

The downside? The brand here in Australia says there is "no plan" to launch the model locally.