Mazda MX-5 Turbo Video Was Just A Teaser
September 8th, 2014 2:30 PM Share
The now-famous teaser video that had the whole world wondering about a possible turbo on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 turned out to be a red herring.
According to our source, the vehicle used for the teaser video is actually a modified NB Miata with an aftermarket turbo kit, hence the audible woosh of a turbocharger. Over at Jalopnik, there’s a picture of the engine taken by Travis Okulski, which appears to show no turbocharger present. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that the next MX-5 will be naturally aspirated.
Published September 8th, 2014 2:30 PM
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Based on the lessons learned on the BRZ/FRS and their customer knowledge, they should offer two engines; an NA for the repeat buyer and a slightly more powerful, but de-tuned, turbo for the kids and S2000 lovers.
As much as I'm a fan of n/a cars, I would think an optional turbo model with horsepower numbers close to that of the Genesis coupe would be well-received by enthusiasts..
Never mind that Mazda hasn't said anything officially... is one picture all that is needed to pass judgment?
Given how adament Mazda has been that SkyActiv motors won't be turbo-charged, why on earth did anyone think a turbo was coming?