Next Gen Mazda Miata
Mazda‘s been working on the new Miata for quite a while, and thanks to its new SkyActiv philosophy, the new roadster could be quite the surprising car. If the new Miata is developed from the ground-up with the SkyActiv mindset in place, it would weigh at least 220 lbs less than the last Miata. That would mean the new Miata would tip the scales at just 2,200 lbs.
Engine-wise, Mazda is looking to use something that is fuel-efficient, yet sporty. The ideal candidate is likely a 1.8L engine, but there have been rumors that Mazda will go with a 1.3 or 1.5L turbo-charged engine. Expect power to be around 150-hp, and fuel economy to be about 10% better, meaning 24/30 mpg city/highway.
Combine that low-weight with the sublime handling that the Miata is known for and Mazda will have another iconic roadster on its hands. Additionally, thanks to a collaboration with Alfa Romeo, the Italian company will be using the Mazda roadster underneath their own Spider.