One of Europe’s most powerful compacts just got a bit sportier. Featuring assorted new body accents, the 191 kW/260 PS Mazda3 MPS stands out with richer contrasts and a more dynamic overall look for the new model year.

The side mirrors, inner roof spoiler and rear apron, for example, are clad in a Black Mica finish. The glossy gunmetal 18-inch alloy wheels, meanwhile, blend superbly with the black centre caps featuring the silver Mazda logo. Mazda’s high-performance hatchback is now more stunning than ever.

What hasn’t changed is the exceptional handling and performance, care of the inspiring turbocharged direct injection 2.3-litre DISI petrol powerplant under the bonnet. Generating 380 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpms, it propels the 5-door Mazda3 MPS from a standstill to 100km/h in only 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h (governed).