Yamamoto: This MX-5 Is All You're Getting, Take It or Leave It

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
yamamoto this mx 5 is all youre getting take it or leave it

First it was the Toyobaru triplets. Now it’s the MX-5.

Nobuhiro Yamamoto, program manager for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, has crushed the dreams of those looking for more factory horsepower from the fourth-generation roadster. In short, if you want to “get hung up on numbers,” look elsewhere.

Speaking with the folks at TopGear.com, Yamamoto has plainly stated there won’t be a high-output special in the same vein as the NB Mazdaspeed MX-5.

From TopGear.com:

“It’s important not to get hung up on numbers,” Yamamoto-san told us. “Not on power, or torque. No, what is more important is the feeling. The driving experience and feeling is more important than power.

“In my mind it just has to be fun to drive,” he added.

To put it plainly, there will be no additional powerplants, no superchargers and no turbochargers. The most horsepower you’ll be able to buy on the showroom floor will be 155 from the 2.0L four-cylinder engine, take it or leave it.

While a vocal minority will cry foul at the thought of the MX-5 having less power than the outgoing model, we should commend Yamamoto and Mazda on this line-in-the-sand decision, especially when you consider the reasons why.

“It’s got to be affordable. Faster MX-5s means more money,” he added.

But, with the prevalence of turbocharged engines in today’s market, adding one to the MX-5 likely wouldn’t cost much more. According to Yamamoto, though, a turbo would ruin the Miata.

“I never considered using a turbo,” he said, “because naturally aspirated engines are just nice, especially for this kind of car.

“What’s very important to me is the feeling, and that you are happy driving it. I don’t want any more power or torque for the MX-5, but the sensation is important.”

[Photo credit: AutoGuide/Adam Wood]

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  • VicMik VicMik on Jul 01, 2015

    0-60, 1/4?! What's the point when it was bred for the track, backroad twisties and spirited commuting where the car is perfectly scaled to its environment. All of those specs are meaningless when discussed in a vaccuum of having zero experience in driving a Miata of any generation for most commenting here. Am I right? This car is a pure joy that is to be experienced.

  • Frylock350 Frylock350 on Jul 02, 2015

    I think there's a happy medium between 155hp and Mazda buying small blocks from GM (though an LT1 powered MX5 would be a ridiculously awesome car!). I'm sure they could increase power output without adding weight.

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