• Aug 1, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Mazda MX-5.

Speculation has been swirling over the last two years that a Mazdaspeed version of the MX-5 was right around the corner. At first, it was rumored to be released in late 2007, then early 2008, then early 2009 and then... nothing.

Speaking with Autoblog, Mazda's PR man Jeremy Barnes made it clear that the automaker has no plans to offer a Mazdaspeed version of the current MX-5. While it was originally assumed that the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-pot found in the Mazdaspeed3 would eventually find its way under the hood of the MX-5, Mazda discovered that the swap wasn't a bolt-in affair. According to Barnes, "It does theoretically fit, until you bolt on the head." A high-pressure fuel pump on the back of the head, driven off the cam, would necessitate a notch in the firewall. As such, converting the engine from a transverse (FWD) to a longitudinal (RWD) layout just wasn't feasible.

Thankfully, in addition to Mazdaspeed's own lineup of suspension and engine components, aftermarket companies are developing their own forced induction systems for the NC MX-5. Cosworth is currently testing a supercharger and Flyin' Miata is a couple months away from releasing its own centrifugal blower.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Translation:

      Mazda won't waste money and R&D time on a model that would only sell at most 4000-5000 units worldwide. They have a B-car to get ready for the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK, fine. Time for plan B -- drop a Renesis or 16X in there instead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about stuffing the the MZR-R out of their LMP2 car into the MX-5. Would make a hell of a sports car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this marks a sad day in the automotive industry :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually it should be a happy day. As a Mazadaspeed 6 owner, I can truthfully say Mazda should not be allowd to even make cars. My speed6 has been to the dealership with more problems then any of the previous vehicles I've owned combined. Sure its a great, fun to drive car but the reliability and quality just is nowhere to be found!
        Alex
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay Tad - you want me to back up my comment? How about a 1984 RX-7 @184,000 mi), a 1988 626 @280,000 mi AND a 2001 626, which I still proudly drive daily, with 168,000 miles that still runs like a new car? The most expensive items I've had replaced on any of those cars have been tires, hoses, belts and a compressor on the '88.

        So you see, I am not blinded by the shiny Mazda logo, but genuinely satisfied with my near flawless experience with Mazda reliability, with just some regular maintenance in return.

        And you can bet for damn sure my next vehicle WILL be a Mazda.

        The blinded one is you, by your arrogance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Al//
        how does a faulty car make him arrogant? Congrats your mazda have lasted long but keep in mind that you are one of the lucky ones..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bell Engineering is also working on a turbo setup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the reason they're making excuses about the 'speed MX-5 is probably because they have a new 2-dr, RWD coupe in the works. This company makes some of the best handling cars on the planet and they aren't gonna sit by idly and watch Nissan/Toyota come out with cheap RWD sports cars.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Are they going to have a new version of the Mazdaspeed 3 when the new 3's come out next year?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't forget that the 2.3 is direct injection. Most direct-injection engines, just like diesels, have their super-high pressure fuel pump driven off the cam or crankshaft. Making an electric super-high pressure pump isn't trivial, and probably would require more power draw than Mazda would like, among other things.
      Jon thomas
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sooooo what is the Next Mazdaspeed then ??? as a proud owner or a '08 MS3 I read Autoblog everyday waiting to find out ... Arghhhhh

      As for Tad .. im sorry your MS6 s wacked but no way does it speek for all Mazdas mine has been perfect since day one (a year in Oct)
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the previous poster: you can actually maximize the available MX-5 trunk space by buying custom fitted luggage bags at HTTP://WWW.ROADTRIPLUGGAGE.COM
      Alex
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tad, you've either got your head up your butt, or you don't know how to maintain a car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Al, dont be blinded by the shiney Mazda symbol. Its a piece of crap. I've been a ASE master tech for several years and I would say my knowledge of cars exceeds most people on here by quite a bit. My Mazdaspeed 6 has been nothing but problems since I bought it. Many things on it are poorly engineered and to be frank I would be scared to bring the car to a track in fear of a major mechanical failure! It is known that 1 bad experience with a car can ruin that customers perspective on the brand...well owning a Mazda and having worked on several others I will never own another Mazda again. Everyone knocks on the domestics, but my 06 Silverado diesel hasnt been to the dealer once for a problem. Please next time you make an ignorant comment like that, come with some facts to back it up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The cost of designing a new fuel pump system just for a limited run of MazdaSpeed MX-5s probably wasn't worth it. Too bad, I would have liked one too.
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