Mazda is reportedly looking at a faster version of the new MX-5 Miata, with the possible introduction of a turbocharged or MPS version.
Mazda is reportedly looking at a faster version of the new MX-5 Miata, with the possible introduction of a turbocharged or MPS version. Mazda’s head of global public relations, Kudo Hidetoshi recently revealed that a larger displacement engine or a turbocharged version is under consideration.
The new MX-5 Miata is expected to be around for around 10 years and during that time, Mazda may release several variants. “And yes, a turbocharged or MPS variant is one of the options we will definitely consider,” Hidetoshi-san stated.
Mazda has revealed that the MX-5 Miata will be available with 129-hp 1.5L and 155-hp 2.0L engines, but it’s likely that rather than squeeze a larger engine under the hood of the MX-5 Miata, Mazda will use a turbocharger to give it more power. Mazda worked hard to reduce the MX-5 Miata’s weight by 220 pounds, which would be easily eaten up by a larger engine.
“[Generally speaking] turbocharging is preferable, even to a V6 now. We can use a lighter engine with the same or more power, and achieve [the] emissions and fuel consumption we need,” he said.