2014 Mazda MX-5: Engine Options Revealed
But we do, however, like the recent trend for downsizing and reduced weight we’re seeing in some manufacturers. One interesting example is Mazda’s next MX-5 drop-top sportscar, which will be put on a diet that could bring it close to 800 kg (1, 764), which would be a very impressive development.
But choosing the engine is not as simple as deciding on a particular displacement and going with it. According to Road and Track magazine, a number of potential powertrains are being considered. Mazda’s engineers originally wanted a 1.4-liter with Skyactiv tech, but they couldn’t get it to produce enough power, while the existing 2.0-liter could not be modified to meed the consumption and emissions levels they were targeting.
And so the choices have been narrowed down to either a 1.8-liter with Skyactiv or a 1.3- or 1.5-liter with forced induction. Whichever one they go for will have to develop 150 hp and get 10% better mileage that the current car.