Next Mazda MX-5 to Lose 220 LBS

Next Mazda MX-5 to Lose 220 LBS

Mazda’s severed ties with Ford and recent shift to a single, scalable platform have birthed a series of noteworthy products, but there’s one major question mark left in the company’s portfolio.

It still isn’t clear what Mazda plans to do for either of its performance nameplates. Information on the next MX-5 is still scarce, but a new report suggests Mazda plans for its new roadster to weight in 220 lbs lighter than the current car.

That’s significant considering the current car only weighs 2,447 lbs when equipped with the soft top and a manual transmission. Both the convertible hard top and the automatic transmission add weight.

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Mazda will partner with Fiat to build the car, which will lead to both a new MX-5 and a new Spider for Alfa Romeo. While Mazda hasn’t made details about the car availble, past speculation suggests the car will be powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter four cylinder rather than the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four it uses today. That, at least in part, could help account for the weight savings.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacus

    I’d take the 220lb weight reduction as confirmation the next MX-5 Miata will have a rear mounted transmission and torque tube á la 944 (not just because of their collaboration with FIAT, but also to maintain their 50:50 weight distribution)

  • Alfie

    Rear mounted transmission would be amazing! I wonder if the automatic will be some sort of dual clutch setup.

  • trehsu

    Well if they go from the 2.0L to a 1.3L turbo than it appears that the majority of the 220lb weight reduction is coming out of the front end. And since the Miata has nearly 50/50 weight distribution, why would they need to rear mount the transmission?

  • smartacus

    Rear Transmission improves Polar Moment Of Inertia and Angular Momentum.