Mazda MX 5 track version front three quarters right 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon

No high performance variant for Mazda MX-5

July 1, 2015

The fourth generation Mazda MX-5 range won’t include a high performance variant, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, Program Manager for the car, revealed to Top Gear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Not getting hung up on power or torque figures, he said that he weighs driving experience and feeling over power.

The compact roadster just has to be fun to drive, he expressed.

Mr. Yamamoto explained that the team behind the car’s development had five philosophies – it has to be a front-midship car, have a compact and an open-topped two seater body, have 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution, low inertia movement, and the car must be affordable.

A faster MX-5 would be against the philosophy of keeping the roadster affordable, he pointed out.

When asked about possibilities to offer the MX-5 with a turbocharger or supercharger, Mr. Yamamoto replied that he never considered using a turbocharger because naturally aspirated engines are “just nice” for it.

He concluded the conversation saying that the sensation and the feeling of happiness of driving are very important, and he doesn’t want any more power or torque for it.

[Source: Top Gear]

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