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Will Mazda Fans See Turbocharged or MPS MX-5 Miata Options?

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Will Mazda Fans See Turbocharged or MPS MX-5 Miata Options 2016

Pictured: The 2016 Mazda MX-5, the non-turbo version

If you’re one of the many lukewarm fans of Mazda’s roadster who like its appearance but wish there was more buxom under the hood, you may be in luck.

In a recent interview, Mazda‘s head of global public relations, Kudo Hidetoshi, indicated that larger displacement and turbocharged engines were under consideration for the next generation Miata. However, that means it’s unlikely we’ll see Turbocharged or MPS MX-5 versions for another 10 years.

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In Hidetoshi’s interview with Motoring, he said of this fourth generation MX-5, “We will have this ND-series model for maybe ten years, which gives us plenty of time to make many variants–And yes, a turbocharged or MPS variant is one of the options we will definitely consider.”

We’re more likely to see a turbocharged engine than a 2.5-liter machine, as Mazda’s top priority is keeping the MX-5 lightweight (as it shed 50 lbs on its latest edition). “[Generally speaking] turbocharging is preferable, even to a V6 now,” Hidetoshi told Motoring.  “We can use a lighter engine with the same or more power, and achieve [the] emissions and fuel consumption we need.”

Will Mazda Fans See Turbocharged or MPS MX-5 Miata Options 2016 Engine

Pictured: 2016 Mazda MX-5 2.0-liter, SKYACTIV engine

Perhaps Mazda’s interest in turbocharging is tepid because of the results of the Mazdaspeed version of the MX-5 ten years ago. Doubling the output of the Miata would likely double its price and take the model in a different direction–away from its target audience.

We recently received confirmation on the 2016 MX-5’s engine specs, all comparable to previous model years’. The redesigned roadster will be able to achieve 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque on its 2.0-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine–slightly less horsepower and more torque than the current 2015 MX-5. The 1.5-liter engine will reach 110 lb-ft of torque and 130 horsepower, less than the current model’s due to the MX-5’s weight loss. Those numbers are undoubtedly leaving fans craving more.

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News Source: Motoring

  • James Moore

    Wow… I keep seeing this over and over and can’t believe how ignorant all of these car “journalists” and bloggers are. The 2.5L is the exact same block as the “smaller” 2.0L engine. It wouldn’t weigh more. How much do you think intercoolers, extra coolant, turbos, and all the extra piping weighs? I will give you a hint: it is much more than the difference between the 2.0L and 2.5L weight.

    • Dave Fox

      The 2.5L weighs 4 kilos more than the 2L…8.8lbs.