The question is: how?
The enthusiasts who have repeatedly asked Mazda for a more powerful version of the Miata are in luck, according to a recent report. The roadster will allegedly receive a generous bump in power for the 2019 model year.
Regulatory documents uncovered by Road & Track detail a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower. To add context, the current car offers 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The Fiat 124 Spider, its Italian twin, goes turbo to reach the 160-horse mark.
The document doesn't mention how Mazda jumps from 155 to 181. Back in 2015, the company admitted it hadn't completely ruled out building a turbocharged Miata. Is this it? If so, it could come with additional Mazdaspeed upgrades.
Those who have been keeping up with Mazda news will undoubtedly point out the clever Skyactiv-X engine makes 180 horsepower, which is suspiciously close to the Miata's 181-horse rating. Road & Track notes company executives have previously ruled out an X-powered MX-5, however.
Mazda will announce its 2019 lineup in the coming months, so we won't have to wait long to find out if the rumor is accurate.