Weighing in at 2,313 pounds in the U.S., the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the lightest cars available, and yet the Japanese automaker wants to make it even lighter. Speaking to Road & Track, lead development engineer for the U.S.-spec Miata, David Coleman, shared that the company’s focus is on making the Miata even lighter. The bad news is, Mazda has no plans on making it more powerful, with Coleman adding that a turbocharger just doesn’t fit with the roadster. Instead, “There’s plenty of room to try to make the car lighter and better that way,” Coleman said.
It won’t happen in the immediate future, but it is something Mazda is keen on doing. The automaker hopes to find cost-effective technology to shave off some weight by the time the model gets a facelift.
At the end of the day, Mazda isn’t going to fold to the pressure of numerous automakers switching to turbocharged powerplants to boost performance. The first and foremost goal for the Miata is to be fun to drive and Mazda believes a low-powered engine in a light chassis is the solution.