Report: Mazda could be mulling new turbo or MPS Miata MX-5

Whenever there are any questions involving driving fun, the answer can usually be defaulted to–because Mazda Miata. It’s is undoubtedly one of the best cars ever made for it is lightweight, affordable, and an absolute blast to drive.

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But for some the basic Miata just isn’t enough and there are plenty of ways to get more oomph and performance out of one, ranging from various mods to even swapping in a Chevy V8. With the all-new generation out however, those holding out for some performance support from Mazda’s factory themselves might be in luck. That’s mainly because it’s been an eon since we received a high-performance, or MazdaSpeed version of the Miata, which last happened in the early 2000s with the second-generation model.

According to Motoring, the new Miata MX-5 might get a turbocharged or even an MPS (Speed here in the US) version in the near future. As of now, the Miata only comes with a base 1.5L SKYACTIV-G naturally-aspirated four-banger with 129hp and 110 lb-ft of torque in foreign markets, while the larger 2.0L SKYACTIV-G four with 155hp and 148 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available for North American models.

The outlet spoke with Mazda’s head of global public relations, Kudo Hidetoshi, who hinted at the prospect of a turboed fourth-generation ND Miata.

Not much else is known, but there’s also a possibility the Miata could employ Mazda’s larger 2.5L SKYACTIV-G motor before a turbocharged variant surfaces.

Source: Motoring

Chris Chin

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