Mazda exec dismisses rumors of more powerful MX-5 Miata

MX-5 program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto argues that there is no need for more power.

A Mazda executive has dismissed rumors of a more powerful MX-5 Miata variant in the works.

Speaking to Top Gear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, MX-5 program director Nobuhiro Yamamoto argued that "it's important not to get hung up on numbers" such as torque and horsepower figures.

"No, what is more important is the feeling. The driving experience and feeling is more important than power," he said. "In my mind it just has to be fun to drive."

The statement appears to directly contradict comments from another Mazda executive, PR manager Kudo Hidetoshi, who claimed that "a turbocharged or [Mazdaspeed] variant is one of the options we will definitely consider" further down the 'ND' generation's expected ten-year life cycle.

Yamamoto claims that the new MX-5 will stick with its current engine options, including the 1.5-liter mill available overseas and the 2.0-liter powerplant in the US-spec model.

Even if the company can turbocharge one of the existing engines without adding too much weight or throwing off the 50:50 weight balance, Yamamoto argues that such a model would cost too much and would not fit the character of the model.

"It's got to be affordable," he said. "Faster MX-5s means more money."

The contradictory comments suggest the debate may not be settled within Mazda's ranks.

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