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interesting. I would have thought the VW would have more than that
 

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Look at it this way:

Mazdaspeed 3
Rated HP: 263
Wheel HP: 243

Rated TQ: 280
Wheel TQ: 265

GTI
Rated HP: 200
Wheel HP: 203

Rated TQ: 207
Wheel TQ: 214

VW underrates their engine. That said, the Mazda still kicks its butt.
 

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With the advantage the GTI has in looks, quality and reliability, I'd buy the better car and go to the aftermarket for the difference in HP.

I'd wager it will also hold it's value better when it comes time to sell. Current Mazda3's are poison around here. First generation cars took a nice jump in value when the new one came out.
 

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speed3 curb weight: 3245lbs.
GTI curb weight: 3032lbs.

HP/weight is:
speed3 - 243/3245 ~7.5hp/100lbs.
GIT - 203/3032 ~ 6.7hp/100lbs.

Trq/weight is:
speed3 - 265/3245 ~ 8.2ft-lbs/100lbs.
GTI - 214/3032 ~ 7.1ft-lbs/100lbs.

40 more hp and 51 more ft-lbs of torque, but when you break it down they are not that far off from each other. the initial numbers are misleading. according to motortrend speed3 0-60: 5.8ish GTI 0-60: 5.8ish
 

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Man that Speed3 is hot! :D Puttin out some pretty awesome numbers. GTI still sounded a bit better, IMHO :drool:
 

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the speed 3's aren't that great to 60 because they have huge tourque steer and tons of wheel hop and spin under boost. the real impressive difference would be 0-100-0. i bet the speed would really embaress the gti.
 
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