2015 Mazda MX-5 to Get 1.3-Liter Turbo

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Clearly there’s plenty of excitement surrounding the next-generation Mazda MX-5 model, to the point that the rumors are starting to become hard to keep track of.

One consistent rumors, however, is that the next-generation MX-5 Miata will be turbocharged, despite the curveball the Japanese automaker threw recently with its supercharged MX-5 Yusho Concept. Scheduled to go on sale in 2015, the new MX-5 will also offer more personalization options similar to what the Fiat 500 and MINI models offer their consumers.

We’ve already known that the new MX-5 will be much lighter than its predecessor, weighing as little as 2,200 lbs, but it appears that the automaker has decided on a 1.3-liter, turbocharged engine that will produce around 200-hp. If rumors are to be believed, a more track-oriented model could be offered that will be lighter and stripped of many of its amenities.

[Source: What Car?]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Liberal_Warrior Liberal_Warrior on Nov 12, 2013

    Turbo and 200HP?! Don't buy that noise. A high strung 1.3L turbo at 200 Hp would easily upset the fine balance of the MX-5 chassis. And the demographic of N American buyers are mostly women and older men. The men would appreciate more power, but at the sacrifice of confidence inspiring drive-ability at the 90th percentile? But kudos on the 'Personalization' and lighter weight. My 93' 1.6L weighs 2,084 pounds. My 2005 MS weighs in at over 2,500 pds. I prefer driving the 93'.