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

 2014 Mazda MX-5 to get turbocharged 1.3-liter engine - report
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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Comments (11)

 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.
December 5, 2011 11:21 am
 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.
December 3, 2011 2:35 pm
 A A
it WILL NOT have a 1.3T...it will BE a 2.0.
December 2, 2011 11:44 pm
 rcw rcw
Sounds awesome! I am so happy to hear about the resurgence of light, simple, fun, economical cars.
December 2, 2011 4:59 pm
 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?)
December 2, 2011 4:48 pm
 shaahinmt shaahinmt
like it.
December 2, 2011 2:43 pm
 vilivo vilivo
Hellz yeah!
December 2, 2011 2:05 pm