Mazda Won’t Build a More Powerful MX-5, But That’s Good News For Fiat

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When you think of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, terms like “speed” and “0-60” shouldn’t cross your mind. The Mazda MX-5 was designed to be a pure handler with an open top and a quirky design. That’s it. And according to Mazda, that’s all it’s ever going to be.

Speaking with Top Gear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, MX-5 program manager, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, said that Mazda won’t be building a hotted-up version of the MX-5 anytime soon.

“It’s important not to get hung up on the numbers,” said Yamamoto. “Not on power, or torque. No, what is more important is the feeling. The driving experience and feeling is more important than power. In my mind it just has to be fun to drive.”

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Though our dreams of a 300-horsepower Mazda MX-5 might be dashed, don’t look so glum just yet. While Mazda won’t go through with building a hotter Miata, that could mean good news for anyone looking to pick up an upcoming Fiat 124 Spider.

The new Fiat Spider will ride on the same MX-5 platform, but unlike the new Miata, Fiat has hotter plans for its new Spider, with the possibility of an Abarth version. We should see the new Fiat hitting the market sometime in 2016. Fingers crossed for an Abarth version.

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