Next-Gen Mazda MX-5 Targets 2,200-lb Curb Weight

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Mazda’s small sports car has been gaining weight over the years, but it looks like the next-generation of the car will put a halt to the trend.

According to German site Auto Motor Und Sport, the new Miata will weigh in somewhere around one metric tonne, or 2,200 pounds. That would make the car just over 200 pounds lighter than the lightest version of today’s car.According to head of development Kiyoshi Fujiwara, Mazda is looking to achieve better performance through lightweight chassis technology rather than forced induction, though a larger displacement naturally aspirated engine is a possibility.

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Shedding pounds is all part of Mazda’s new SkyActiv suite of technologies, so chopping some pounds off of the Miata shouldn’t be too tough thanks to the companies investments in high-strength steel and other lightweight materials.

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.

[Source: Auto Motor Und Sport]

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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