Mazda Considering MX-5 Turbo, MPS Variants

Mazda Considering MX-5 Turbo, MPS Variants

If the 155 hp from the 2016 Mazda MX-5 isn’t enough for you, being patient might pay off.

According to a recent report, the Japanese automaker admitted that a turbocharged engine and a Mazda Performance Series (MPS) variant of its new MX-5 Miata are both under consideration. Kudo Hidetoshi, Mazda’s head of global public relations, said that the new Miata will live on for maybe 10 years, meaning the automaker will have plenty of time to explore options to give the sports car more power.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Officially Makes 155 HP

Prior to the MX-5’s debut, numerous engines were rumored for the car, including a turbocharged unit, but Mazda opted to use a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder. The smaller of the two engines is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 129 hp and 110 lb-ft of torque while a 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder, the only engine available in the U.S., will provide 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque.

While a 2.5-liter engine is a possibility, like the one found in the Mazda3, Hidetoshi admits that turbocharging would be preferable so that the MX-5 can have a lighter engine with respectable fuel economy and help maintain the weight balance for the sports car.

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[Source: Motoring]

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