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Mazda Executive Hints Possible Turbocharged Miata Variant

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On: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 8:27AM | By: Carl Malek

Mazda Executive Hints Possible Turbocharged Miata Variant

When Mazda confirmed that the fourth-generation Mazda Miata would make 155 horsepower, many enthusiasts noticed the slight downgrade in power from the previous generation model and wondered whether the company will create a variant that brings more power to the lightweight roadster. In a candid statement, a Mazda executive has hinted that such a variant could be a consideration for the ND-platformed Miata, and that it could make an apperance sometime in the near future.

At the moment, the fourth-generation Miata does feature a better power to weight ratio than its predecessor, but it came at the price of slightly lower horsepower for its 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder (155 vs the old model's 167 horsepower). Mazda PR manager Kudo Hidetoshi promises the company is considering either a larger displacement four-cylinder engine, or a turbocharged variant to bring more firepower to the Miata's engine bay. It appears that the latter option is the more viable choice for the Miata since it would have a minimal impact on fuel efficency as well as vehicle weight while also delievering the desired bump in horsepower at the same time. While the idea of a larger displacement engine does sound appealing at first, the heavier curbweight that would occur as a result of such a transplant would impair the car's handling attributes, and would lower the car's fuel economy.

"We will have this ND-series model for maybe ten years, which gives us plenty of time to make many variants," Hidetoshi revealed in an interview with Motoring. Hidetoshi later elaborated further revealing, "And, yes, a turbocharged or MPS [Mazdaspeed] variant is one of the options we will definitely consider."

These comments suggest that while a powertrain upgrade is most likely in the pipeline, it will most likely not be avalible right away with consumers having to wait several years for it to appear. It could make its debut in a rumored coupe version of the Miata which would compete with rivals, such as the Scion FR-S, while also allowing the Miata to be a true four-season offering.


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