Such a Tease

Mazda adding turbo engine option to 2021 Mazda3, but Mazdaspeed tuning is not coming

The Mazda3 is getting a new turbo engine for 2021.

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Enthusiasts have been moaning about the loss of the Mazdaspeed3 for the better part of a decade. It sounds like Mazda heard them - loud and clear.

Last year, Mazda hinted at the turbo's return to Car & Driver. Jalopnik first reported that dealers have been given information about the return of the turbo option and Hagerty has confirmed the news. Now, a teaser from Mazda has announced that something new (that sounds a lot like a turbo engine in the video) is coming on July 8, 2020

Prepare for Launch www.youtube.com

The turbocharged engine that will be added to the Mazda3 is likely the zippy 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is already part of the company's lineup. That engine produces 227 horsepower when fueled with 87 octane and 250 when fueled with 93 octane according to reporting by Hagerty.

Sorry Save the Manuals fans, the new four-pot is not going to be paired with a manual transmission. Mazda is set to pair it with the company's six-speed automatic transmission, and make it available exclusively in the Premium Plus trim.

Premium Plus is a new trim level for the automaker. According to information sent to dealers, it will join the current grade lineup that includes Select, Preferred, and Premium models. A 100th Anniversary edition of the Mazda3 is expected for the new model year as well.

Reportedly, the Mazda3 turbo will only be available with all-wheel drive.

2020 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback The model will only be available with all-wheel drive.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Additional reporting by Jalopnik says that the Anniversary edition of the model will get a Snowflake White Pearl paint job and red seats.

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Off-road performance truck

Shelby American announces new Ford F-150 Raptor

Shelby just announced the new truck, which has a starting price of more than $124,000.

Shelby American

The third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is a true off-road menace, with a strong turbocharged V6, beefy tires and shocks, and a luxury-level interior. Most people would consider the truck overkill for all but the hardest-core off-road enthusiasts, but the wizards at Shelby American have other ideas. As it has done with Ford vehicles for years, Shelby gave the new Raptor a performance makeover, and the finished product is quite impressive.

Shelby F-150 Raptor There's no mistaking a Shelby-tuned Raptor. Shelby American

The F-150 Raptor is already a capable beast, but Shelby turns things up a few notches. Performance upgrades include a performance intake and high-flow filter, an aluminum intercooler, a tune that pushes power to more than 525 ponies and 610 pound-feet of torque, a Shelby exhaust, and a BDS lift kit. The Shelby Raptor rides on 18-inch wheels with 37-inch BFG KM3 Mud Terrain tires.

If you’re thinking Shelby slaps a few go-fast parts on the Raptor and calls it good, think again. The truck’s interior features embroidered custom leather upholstery and exclusive floor mats. A unique serial number plate is mounted in the dash. Shelby also fits billet racing pedals, carbon fiber accents, and deep tinted windows.

Outside, the Raptor gest several touches to let everyone know it’s not a standard Ford. A special Shelby hood with intake and extraction vents is standard, along with power side steps with rock sliders. A bevy of Shelby logos and badging grace the truck’s body, and both bumpers have been replaced with steel units to accommodate light bars and additional tow points.

Shelby F-150 Raptor Shelby fits performance parts and gives the truck a tune.Shelby American

If you’re hoping to be one of the insane few to own a Shelby Raptor, get your wallet ready. The truck’s base price starts at $124,820, which includes the MSRP of the truck itself. That said, it’s unclear how extreme demand and supply chain issues will impact Shelby’s ability to get new trucks to modify.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

Dodge is Hiring a Chief Donut Maker www.youtube.com

If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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