Itís been nearly half a decade since Mazda last offered a Mazdaspeed product.
Not since 2004 and 2005, when 5,142 Mazdaspeed MX-5s were delivered in the United States market, has Mazdaís most obvious performance car been available in a power-up version.
Not since the first-generation Mazda 6ís 2005/2006 Mazdaspeed tenure has Mazdaís midsize sedan been offered in performance guise.
And after following up one of the best-handling front-wheel-drive cars of its era, the Mazdaspeed Protege, with the Mazdaspeed3 in 2007 and another in 2010, Mazda hasnít had a hot hatch contender to battle the Volkswagen Golf GTI and R, Fordís ST and RS models, the Honda Civic Si (and now Type R), the Subaru WRX, and Miniís Cooper S since 2013.
So, is Mazdaspeed dead? Mazda wonít say.