Does the Mazda MX-5 need more power? Not for me, but I’m pretty sure there are no shortage of those who want more than the 158 hp from the roadster’s 2.0L engine. If the lack of output is stopping you from getting the ND, there’s potential good news here.

According to US car magazine Road & Track, a new VIN filing shows that the MX-5 might get a significant horsepower bump for the 2019 model year. The document, filed with the US NHTSA on February 27, shows that the MX-5 will continue to offer a 2.0 litre engine, but with the power listed as 181 hp. The current US-market car makes 155 hp.

Is a 17% jump in power for the naturally-aspirated SkyActiv-G engine possible? The publication is a bit skeptical, pointing out that this engine makes up to 162 hp in the Mazda 3 elsewhere, and the VIN document does not list a turbocharger or supercharger.

How about the new SkyActiv-X engine? Mazda has said that the MX-5 would not be getting the groundbreaking compression-ignition engine anytime soon, so no.

The report rightly points out that gaining 26 hp is no easy task, especially as OEMs need to improve breathing while keeping in line with emissions regulations. It is pointed out that the most common aftermarket upgrades to intake, exhaust and ECU only add about 12 hp to the current engine, so Mazda must have something very special up its sleeves. Mazda has ruled out turbo before, but nothing is ever set in stone.

R&T asked Mazda for comment and the manufacturer gave the textbook answer of declining to speculate on future products. How does 180 hp in a tiny roadster weighing less than 1,000 kg sound to you?