2014 Mazda MX-5 to get turbocharged 1.3-liter engine - report

Mazda MX-5 Miyako special edition 30.06.2010
Mazda MX-5 Miyako special edition 30.06.2010

Could be lighter and smaller

Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi recently discussed the possibility of a rotary-powered MX-5, but a new report is indicating the 2014 model will feature a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder.

Nothing is official, but AutoCar says the engine will have SkyActiv technologies such as variable cam phasing. There's no word on outputs, but the mill will reportedly be connected to improved automatic and manual transmissions.

Little else is known about the model, but it is slated to ride on the new rear-wheel drive S platform and have a curb weight of approximately 800kg (1,764 lbs). This is a remarkable number, so we can expect lightweight components and a minimalistic interior.

Styling remains a mystery, but the car is expected to be narrower and feature a Kodo design which could take a few cues from the Takeri and Shinari concepts.

Source: AutoCar

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elanmike elanmike
Less mass=More car. It's nice to see a car going in the right direction in this day and age. Engine size is irrelevant. It's about characteristics and efficiency. Otherwise, Camaros are available for those who disagree.
Dec 5th, 2011 6:21pm
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DeRay DeRay
Nicely put. Mazda is always about the driving dynamics of their cars and it is evident in the MX-5 and the RX-8 which have been praised time again for how well they drive. And any comparison of best handling car in all the top american car magazines has included one or both of them in the competition.
Dec 13th, 2011 7:45pm
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slim slim
Only 1.3 liters?? That has to be a rotary engine or a weak, torqueless gas engine. The original Miata wasnt exactly a mans car due to its tiny size, and the next one is going to be smaller...geesh I guess only supermodels, midgets, and horse jockeys will find this as a good fit. The average American will have to convert it to a single center positioned seat and opt for the auto with paddle shifters, as a stick would really leave you with bruised balls.
Dec 3rd, 2011 9:35pm
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Not necessarily, since today we have 1.4t engines with 140-160 hp, I can see the 1.3t with similar output on a much lighter car doing wonders. I only hope they change the design. Two whole decades is enough of the current model. Oh and you Americans, get a life and just get a Camaro or a Corvette. Leave the Miata for us "narrow streets, expensive fuel, expensive cars" Europeans. I wish I could get the Camaro for the amount I pay to get the Miata in Europe.
Dec 5th, 2011 7:18am
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HomeDaddy HomeDaddy
Mazda is making a NEW MIATA! I think I'll Complain.
Dec 31st, 2011 5:08am
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HomeDaddy HomeDaddy
Mazda is making a new Miata. I think I'll complain. Do stupid people know they're stupid. If you could anticipate, you'd already have speed. Bigger is better, GET A TRUCK!
Dec 31st, 2011 5:15am
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it WILL NOT have a 1.3T...it will BE a 2.0.
Dec 3rd, 2011 6:44am
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rcw rcw
Sounds awesome! I am so happy to hear about the resurgence of light, simple, fun, economical cars.
Dec 2nd, 2011 11:59pm
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Piotre_k Piotre_k
800kg is a Lotus Elise territory. And just when Lotuses are getting fatter Mazda is going the opposite direction - good to know there is an automaker which put in it's cars a lot of passion and not just engineering and cost-calculating (are you paying attention BMW?)
Dec 2nd, 2011 11:48pm
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
like it.
Dec 2nd, 2011 9:43pm
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vilivo vilivo
Hellz yeah!
Dec 2nd, 2011 9:05pm
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