Mazda MZR 2.3L DISI TURBO engine

Turbocharged fourth-gen Mazda MX-5 still possible

August 11, 2015

As reported earlier, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, Program Manager for the Mazda MX-5, had indicated that the roadster in its fourth generation may not be offered with a turbocharged engine because naturally aspirated engines are “just nice” for it. This indirectly ruled out possibilities for a high performance variant.

However, Mr. Yamamoto has confirmed that a turbocharged engine may be needed for more performance, says a fresh report from He said that his comments made at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that downplayed the possibility of offering a turbocharged engine were made in reference to the launch phase of the all-new model.

He suggested that although a turbocharged engine is not in the cards for now, it could be offered eventually, if required at any stage in the 10-year lifespan of the new generation.

When asked about his thoughts on possibilities of developing a high performance variant, such as Mazda Performance Series, without turbocharging, Mr. Yamamato stated: “If you could achieve what we want, to which is great response, very light and powerful with great performance”.

“But if we want more power because we don’t get satisfied with natural aspiration then we may think about the turbo”.

The MX-5 Program Manager doesn’t find turbocharging to be a logical idea for the roadster though. “Once you put a turbo the car gets heavier, you have to add an intercooler and the reliability of the engine (becomes a potential issue as well). If you think about all those elements, you may think a turbo is not a good idea”, he explained.


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