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Edmunds.com said:
Mazda to Add Diesel Option to New MX-5 Roadster
Date Posted 07-21-2005

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda is about to spring a few surprises on its all-new MX-5 roadster, the car that replaces the much loved Miata.

In addition to the standard 2.0-liter gasoline engine, Mazda is planning to add a high-performance diesel option. A Mazda spokesman told U.K. magazine Auto Express: "There are people working on high-revving diesel engines at the moment, and I can see us using one in the MX-5."

A souped-up gasoline version is also under development, though that won't be powered by Mazda's rotary engine from the RX-8. "There's no reason why we shouldn't build a high-performance MX-5," added the spokesman. "This car deserves a more powerful variant." The 2.3-liter engine from the Mazda 6 is the most likely candidate.

The new MX-5 goes on sale in Europe in November and in the U.S. early next year. Mazda is planning a special numbered launch edition of the car to kick off sales.

What this means to you: Miata lovers, fear not — your car by any other name will hum as sweet. Packaging a bolder moniker with increased performance will make a good thing better.
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=106546
 

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Diesel is big in Europe where gas is $5 or $6 a gallon.
 

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Mazda has hinted all along that there will be a Mazdaspeed version at some point in the future. They also said it would most likely not be a SC or turbo.

There's lots of easily available HP for the 2.0L and 2.3L with out it.
 

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LBJay said:
Mazda has hinted all along that there will be a Mazdaspeed version at some point in the future. They also said it would most likely not be a SC or turbo.

There's lots of easily available HP for the 2.0L and 2.3L with out it.
Yeah, if they can get 170HP out of the 2.0L that was only making 148HP before, then the 2.3L 160HP should definetly be good for some more power on top of that.
 
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