2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine Bay: Less Upgrade Potential?

The 2016 Mazda MX-5

During our report of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in last week’s 2014 LA auto show, we actually showed you images of the world’s first batch of the new MX-5 Miata’s engine bay.


Engine Bay Comparison

The 2016 MX-5 Miata is the 4th-generation of the product line, it has big changes compared to the previous generations. Let’s show you a comparison between the 2nd-gen and the 4-gen engine bay. Below, the first photo is the 2nd-generation Mazda MX-5 engine bay:


The next is the latest 4th-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5:


Room For Upgrades?

We can see, the 2016 MX-5 Miata’s engine bay has more parts and is jam packed with little room left.

Some MX-5 Miata owners love to modify their car, for example, adding a turbocharger, or cold air intake, or another cylinder head etc. Now for the new generation with less room left in the engine bay, clearly it will be much harder to execute the modifications. For some types of upgrade – take adding the turbocharging system for example, now it looks nearly impossible to upgrade.

Does this signal Mazda’s intention to let the MX-5 Miata driver focus on the roots of the car?  Because the Miata’s selling point is not large horsepower, or fancy/high-tech electronic features and gadgets.


What do you think?


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