2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata May Go Turbo

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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata May Go Turbo

Rumors have been brewing on the 2014 Mazda MX-5 for some time now. What we do know from last year, is that the Japanese automaker plans on going back to the basics, lightening the weight, and throwing in a more potent powerplant.

It appears that Mazda still hasn’t settled on which engine will make its way into the next-generation MX-5. Apparently a naturally aspirated 1.5L four-cylinder with Skyactiv technology didn’t cut it, and neither did a version of their current 2.0L four-cylinder. The 1.5L didn’t meet Mazda’s performance requirements while the 2.0L didn’t have the fuel efficiency they wanted in the new MX-5.

So a compromise could come in the form of a 1.8L Skyactiv four-cylinder, or either a 1.3L or 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder. Back in December of last year, we reported that the front-runner for the MX-5 would be a 1.3L turbo, but it appears a final decision still hasn’t been made.

Regardless, the automaker plans on having around 150-hp and a 10-percent increase in fuel economy compared to the current MX-5 which has 22/28 city/highway mpg. Combine that with the fact that their weight goal is 2,200 lbs and the next-generation MX-5 should be loads of fun.

Mazda hopes to keep the 2014 Mazda MX-5 priced under $25,000.

[Source: Road & Track]

  • Brice Bissell

    What ever motor they pick I hope the performance dont fall off.

  • steve

    I totally agree with you brice! the new car needs way better numbers than the present car, 6.4 to 60 nothing slower, 90g skidpad minimum, 14.2 @ 100.
    will see how competitive ZOOM ZOOM really wants to be.

    Ill take my mx5 with the 1.5 turbo (150 hp/195ft-lbs) now that’s ZOOM ZOOM!!!

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