Expect The Next Mazda MX-5 To Be Turbocharged: Report

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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The next-generation of Mazda’s venerable MX-5 roadster is due in 2014, and word is that the car will go back to basics in terms of its focus.

Like the original Miata, it will be smaller, lighter and will feature razor-sharp handling; unlike the original, however, the car will come with a turbocharged engine under its hood.

Before you begin to conjure up images of the second-generation Mazdaspeed Miata, remember that turbocharging is the new replacement for displacement.

Expect the new Miata to come with an engine smaller in size than the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but comparable in output to the current engine’s 167 horsepower. It will rely on Mazda's suite of SkyActiv technologies to boost both performance and fuel economy.

As Britain’s Whatcar? reports, Mazda is shooting for an ambitious target weight of 1,000 kilograms, or 2,200 pounds. They expect the 2014 Mazda MX-5 will be more of a driver’s car, with less emphasis on comfort than with the present, third generation car.

That said, a significant number of MX-5 buyers are attracted to the car’s “cute factor,” and never come close to probing the limits of the car’s handling. Building a hard-core “driver’s MX-5” would alienate this segment of the population, who expect amenities such as a power retractible hard top, cruise control and heated leather seats.

It’s possible, then, that Mazda could build the next MX-5 in several different versions, including both a mainstream luxury model and a more sport-oriented variant, possibly with more power. Expect the next MX-5 to wear the “Soul of Motion” Kodo design theme, which will do away with the “grinning guppy” front end of the current car.
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Comments (3)
  1. 3 variants if they want to be realistic, each with the ability to upgrade.
    Pure - Sport
    Sky - Green
    they will be able to ensure that all demographics are covered from the weekend track racer and appreciator of the car, to the luxo brage with all the mod cons, to the tree hugger who also wants something small and cool

  2. @WizardsLore, I agree entirely. Sadly, in the U.S. the take rate would probably be 70-percent Luxury, 20-percent Sky and 10-percent Pure.

  3. @Kurt, maybe we should float the idea to Mazda as our own: the naming too?? haha
    its an indicment of the times that many cars are goign the way of the fashion accessory. If car makers want to survive they need to follow suit. But it should not be to the detriment of those that still pine for the days of chuckable little cars with the perky engines. by splicing the make & modify the look into the 3 models it will appeal to all demographic":
    1.The Luxury woudl have Jaguar Mar2-esque styled rims with the leather folding canopy and all the mod cons, with a placid yet elegent frnt end
    2.The Sky woudl run on eco slim line tires and be minimalist yet fun
    3.The Pure should gain agressive body styles & perkier engines while being more driver focused

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