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Mazda MX-5 may receive extra dose of power

Mazda's head of global public relations, Kudo Hidetoshi, told Motoring Australia that the automaker is considering a larger-displacement or more powerful version of the all-new Mazda MX-5.

"We will have this ND-series model for maybe ten years, which gives us plenty of time to make many variants," suggested Kudi Hidetoshi. "And yes, a turbocharged or MPS (Mazdaspeed) variant is one of the options we will definitely consider." 

Mazda has revealed that the fourth-generation MX-5 will initially arrive with 1.5L and 2.0L SKYACTIV-G engines (the latter being the unit of choice in North America), but it's possible Mazda could add the 2.5L version of its SKYACTIV-G offered in high-grade Mazda3 variants.

However, Hidetoshi says the company is leaning more towards turbocharged engines in an effort to preserve the all-important weight savings and perfect 50:50 weight distribution of the Mazda MX-5.