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 |  Jul 04 2011, 7:32 AM

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Mazda is looking to combine a turbocharged inline-four cylinder with its next generation MX-5, which is currently being overhauled to lose some significant weight. Working hard to make the MX-5 a well sought-after sports car once again, Mazda is not only looking towards overhauling the chassis to be nimble, hoping to shave off 720-lbs, but to bring life to the performance with a turbocharged powerplant.

Instead of having the 1.8- or 2.0-liter engine that has been powering current generation MX-5s, Mazda looks to replace it with an engine closer in size to a 1.5-liter. Features to this turbocharged powerplant will include variable cam phasing, lighter, low-friction parts, and possibly a new exhaust manifold design, many of which are parts of Mazda’s SkyActive engineering campaign, aiming to improve the efficiency of their cars.

Mated to the turbocharged engine, we can expect a smaller and lighter six-speed manual transmission. An automatic option will probably be available with paddle-shift.

[Source: Autocar UK]