No High-Performance Mazda MX-5 Miata Variant in the Works


Mazda says there will be no higher-performance MX-5 Miata variant in the works, Top Gear reports.

Speaking to Top Gear at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the program manager for the new MX-5 confirmed that a more hardcore, performance-oriented version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata is not in the works. Nobuhiro Yamamoto stressed that “It’s important not to get hung up on numbers,” adding that “the driving experience and feeling is more important than power.”

This also means that no additional engines will be available for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, at least for the immediate future. In the U.S., the new roadster will come equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque.

Despite numerous rumors that the new Mazda MX-5 Miata would be turbocharged, Yamamoto confirmed that he never considered using a turbo, saying “naturally aspirated engines are just nice, especially for this kind of car.”

In the same interview, Yamamoto also teased that perhaps Mazda is working on a next-generation rotary engine. “I’d love to see a new one,” he said. “I have an RX-8 myself, and while I can’t speak about other departments, that’s not to say the future won’t yield another rotary-engined car.”

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