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Mike Stevens | Aug 2, 2008

We touched on the rumours of a potential Mazdaspeed MX-5 in August last year, when it seemed the project might actually be happening. It seems though that the bedside prayers and occult-summoning spells of all those Mazda MX-5 devotees have come to nought: the word has come down from above, there will be no NC Mazdaspeed MX-5.

Rumours have been doing the circuit for more than two years now, the popular assumption being that the 2.3 litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit found in the 3MPS would be shovelled into the MX-5—and Mazda was not against the idea until it discovered that it wouldn't be as simple as everyone had hoped.

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Mazda's Jeremy Barnes was quoted this week as saying that it's a definite no-go, and entirely for technical reasons.

The lowdown is that a high-pressure fuel pump is situated on the back of the head, powered from the cam, and would require a heavily revised firewall to make it all fit. As a result, converting the 3MPS's engine from an east-west or transverse FWD layout to a north-south or longitudinal RWD layout isn't feasible.

While there's certainly aftermarket support out there for increasing the output of the MX-5, it's a shame nonetheless to see such dreams put to rest.

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