Great news, driving enthusiasts! Bermaz CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh has just officially announced that the Mazda MX-5 manual will be available in Malaysia. “Yes, we are working on that (manual MX-5). It’s coming in a couple of months,” he confirmed.

Nothing else has been made public as of yet, other than the fact that when the six-speed manual version does arrive, it will be matched to Mazda’s 158 hp/200 Nm 2.0 litre SkyActiv engine – the same one already available with the automatic MX-5, launched today at RM219,999.

In case you’re wondering, the smaller 1.5 litre engine that’s available in other markets will not make an appearance here in Malaysia. Why not? “Because it’s a no-no in this country for a sports car. Why would you want a 1.5 litre when you can have a 2.0 litre?” asked Yeoh.

Well now, who can argue with that?