Back in December of last year we reported that a new 1.3-liter turbo four pot was the leading contender as the engine of choice for the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata. However it now appears that Mazda has only ruled out some engine options in their quest to fine the perfect power plant for their fun to drive roadster.
In fact Motor Trend reported yesterday on their web site that the new naturally aspirated 1.5-liter Skyactiv engine wasn’t sporty enough for the 2,200 pounder. They also mentioned that cash strapped Mazda had already ruled out revising the current cars 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four banger due to pour fuel consumption numbers when compared to today’s 40mpg standard.
This makes us wonder if Mazda could even afford to borrow more money for their engine department to do more R & D on another new engine. They are currently still in the Skyactiv technology fine tuning process on a larger sized engine to be used in the next gen Mazda 6. Then there are the rumors swirling around about how they are in the preliminary stages of designing a more efficient Skyactiv version of the old 1.3-liter rotary engine that was used in the outgoing RX8 model. Only Mazda would know if there are enough coins in the coffer to begin development on a engine compromise, say a 1.8-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder or either a 1.3-liter or 1.5liter turbocharged four.
Regardless of how Mazda solves their current engine dilemma one point is clear. The automaker plans on having around 150-hp and a 10-percent increase in fuel economy compared to the current MX-5 which has 22/28 city/highway mpg or 10.7/8.4 L/100km. Combine that with the fact that the car is a 2,200 lb 2-seeter sports car it would be a lot of fun to drive on the twisty stuff.
You can find our Original December rumor mill article here: “The 2014 Mazda MX-5 to be powered by a 1.3-liter Turbo Engine”