Mazda rules out MX-5 horsepower war with Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ
Despite rumours of the next-generation Toyota GR86 gaining turbo power, a senior Mazda engineer says the MX-5 won’t be pulled into a horsepower war – with weight and balance being key to the MX-5’s character.
Outright straight-line performance isn’t the goal of the Mazda MX-5, according to the model’s development engineer, Dave Coleman.
In an interview with website CarBuzz, Mr Coleman confirmed Mazda isn’t interested in entering into a horsepower war with the MX-5’s closest rivals, the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ twins – which could adopt turbo-hybrid power for their next generations.
“The [MX-5] is a system; the whole car is optimised