• Jul 3, 2005

How about a diesel version of the new MX-5? It seems such a car may be likely for other parts of the world. Autoexpress has confirmed through Mazda that they are preparing a higher revving diesel engine that may find its way into the MX-5. It is an odd combination, the roadster and a diesel, but it may prove to be fun to drive. We are not so sure if diesel exhaust mixes with top down driving, however. A more powerful variant of the MX-5 should be coming soon too. Expect to see the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder find its way into the little roadster. It still seems like Mazda will refuse to put the rotary engine in this car. Despite all the news about diesels and larger displacement fours, the hopelessness of not having a rotary-powered MX-5 continues.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      "how do you think the electricity used to power the car is generated?" Depends where you live. For me it's 100% water (Canada). Check the cleanliness of your electricity in your neck of the wood: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/powpro/screen1.html Anyhoo, back on topic, it's not as weird as the Gallardo with VW's V10 diesel: http://autocar.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=212640
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can you please put that damn Subaru advertisment to the side? Good Lord it's as irritating as ....as an ad. stuffed right in your face :) (which of course it is).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gar. After reading the article, there's no suggestion at all that this will come to the US.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It will be better with diesel. it will be save user's money.
      • 9 Years Ago
      A diesel? I would trade my miata in a sceond. Not that I can complain about its gas mileage, but a little diesel would probably turn out 40+ MPG
      • 9 Years Ago
      #4, how do you think the electricity used to power the car is generated? Unless you plan on building a windmill or giant solar panels youd be plugging into the power grid which uses oil to generate electricity
      • 9 Years Ago
      as the owner of both a miata and a tdi beetle, i think it would be great. having done track time and autocrossing the torque from a tdi type of diesel is perfect for pulling out of corners and autocrossing. i feel there would be a good size market for this type of car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The diesel in a convertible isn't new. BMW, Renault, Peugeot have one and so will Mercedes very soon.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually, over 65% of power produced domesticly is from burning coal.
      • 9 Years Ago
      A diesel in a roadster is completely against the spirit of the thing. Let's not forget the origins of this car. You can say diesel it's "better", but it ain't "better" to me, and as far as I'm concerned it would completely destroy the Miata 'image', as the 'pure' roadster. Sure, it's evolution, and roadster of old did'nt have AC, airbags, ABS, TCS and so on. But these things don't mess with the character of the car. A diesel engine does. Just like front-wheel drive would. My view, of course ;)
      • 9 Years Ago
      shame. isn't the rotary engine supposed to be mazda's "thing" ...?